‘They get away with murder’ – Neil Warnock rants about Liverpool penalty decision at Crystal Palace

Neil Warnock believes Liverpool’s penalty awarded against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon was further evidence that the top Premier League continue ‘get away with murder’ regarding referee decisions.

The decision to award Diogo Jota a spot-kick has been heavily scrutinised since yesterday’s victory, with a number of pundits left furious with the call.

Warnock, who was most recently in charge of Championship side Middlesbrough, has become the latest individual to weigh on the Reds’ fortune and used a Bill Shankly reference to criticise the top-flight officials who ‘don’t know the game’.

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Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “They get away with murder, the top clubs.

“When Kevin Friend turned to Craig Pawson, I turned to my lad and said ‘Well, that’s a penalty then – if he’s doing it.’

“He said to me ‘It cant’ be’ and I just told him ‘You wait.’ They look at it 40 times, then they call Kevin Friend over. As he’s going over, I said he’s got to go and say ‘No, my decision was right’. If he had done that, the credibility that referees would have got…

“Instead of doing that, he goes over and changes his mind, to the worst decision.

“As Shankly used to say, these guys know the rules but don’t know the game,” continued the 73-year-old.

“On situations like this, you’ve got to have someone who has played the game on VAR because they [referees] don’t understand how players react.

“They’re good at 90 per cent of things and they are two good referees [Pawson and Friend] in general but, when it comes to something where you have got to have played the game, they let themselves down big time yesterday.”

Liverpool have been involved in a number of controversial VAR decisions this season, the majority of which have gone against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Reds’ 2-2 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur in December was a prime example of this, having been denied what appeared to be a clear penalty on Jota as well as seeing Harry Kane escape a red card challenge unpunished.

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