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Ex-Premier League Ref Explains Why It Was A Penalty For Man Utd

Ex-Premier League Ref Explains Why It Was A Penalty For Man Utd

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton said that he immediately called that it should be a penalty to Manchester United in the dying minutes of their Champions League last-16 second leg tie against PSG.

As United desperately searched for a winning goal, Diego Dalot fired a shot goalwards. It deflected out for a corner off PSG's Presnel Kimpembe.

Dalot gestured that it had hit the defender's arm. It looked half-hearted protest without any real belief that a penalty would be awarded.

Moments later, referee Damir Skomina awarded a VAR-assisted penalty.

"The way Kimpembe's gone up there, he's left his arm out, he's turned his back, he's taken no responsibility for where that ball is striking, he's made himself bigger and that's exactly why VAR has been brought into operation," Walton said on BT Sport.

The VAR has to make sure that the contact was inside the area, so therefore he can adjudicate on it because it is a potential penalty kick. Kimpembe, he's just hung himself out. As the law is written at the moment, that is handball.

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Though he was still glowing the victory following Marcus Rashford's successful penalty, former Man Utd player Rio Ferdinand felt that it should not have been a penalty.

"I don't think that it's a handball - I love that it's a handball, don't get me wrong, I'm happy, I'll take that all day - but I don't think that it's a handball," said Ferdinand.

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