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Kyle Walker praises referee Michael Oliver's composure in controversial penalty decision

Posted : 12 March 2024

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker commended referee Michael Oliver for his composure and refusal to award Liverpool a late penalty in the 1-1 draw on Sunday. The controversial moment involved a chest-high challenge by Jeremy Doku on Alexis Mac Allister, with many arguing it could have been a penalty. Despite calls from Mac Allister and Jurgen Klopp, both Oliver and the VAR did not consider it a foul. Walker praised the referee's experience and character, highlighting Oliver's standing as one of the best in the country and the world.


Expressing his view on the incident, Walker refrained from giving a definitive opinion on whether it was a penalty, acknowledging the scrutiny such statements would receive. Former Premier League referee Mike Dean commented that while Doku had touched the ball, the follow-through caught Mac Allister in the chest, making it a potential penalty. Walker emphasized that the VAR had reviewed the situation, and the decision had been made, signaling his reluctance to further discuss the matter.


The draw leaves Liverpool trailing Premier League leaders Arsenal on goal difference, with Manchester City one point behind. All three teams have 10 games remaining, and Walker acknowledged the unpredictability of the Premier League, emphasizing the twists, turns, ups, and downs that often occur. As City aims to secure a historic fourth consecutive English championship, Walker expressed confidence in the team's ability to navigate the challenges ahead and potentially achieve this unprecedented feat.


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