Premier League releases statement on penalty decision after Burnley hold Arsenal to draw


The Premier League has explained why Arsenal were not awarded a penalty during their 0-0 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

Nicolas Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box led the ball to hit Erik Pieters’ outstretched arm in the 75th minute.

But the Gunners were not awarded a penalty following a VAR review.

Two goals from Chris Wood and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave both teams a point each.

However, the Premier League has now issued a statement on the matter, which read: “The ball hit him from close proximity and he had no time to react.

“It was not given on-field, and the VAR did not think it was a clear error.”



  1. Teddy

    March 10, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Remember it was twice that it hit his arm, so can they explain what a penalty is then.
    Let premier league also consider man u vs chelsea game, man u were denied a clear penalty as well, it was not na issue of proximity….
    Please we are defeating the whole purpose of VAR with such decisions. The best the VAR referee would have done was to let the referee on the pitch to review the handball on his on on the screen and let him make his decision.
    I don’t agree with their explanation…

  2. Gabriel Agbo

    March 10, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Inconsistency in decision making for varying action on the pitch for selected clubs will soon make the premier league unpopular. Continue with the rubbish decision making.

  3. Hamod

    March 10, 2021 at 9:42 am

    What Intention nonsense FA


    March 10, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Ahh, the ref who was on VAR betted, but z unfair

  5. Anderson Ogachi Nyandwaro

    March 10, 2021 at 11:25 am

    No wonder English referees will never go anywhere beyond epl circles,always controversial and releasing flimsy excuses on poor decisions made by their officials.

  6. Mohamed Khalil conteh

    March 10, 2021 at 11:57 am

    VAR have made series of known errors from the introduction of VAR. My point is here as VAR they are there to do the review and call on the Referee to make the decision by they are over ruling the Referees on the pitch which is not right. from the introduction of VAR, they said VAR don’t make decisions but why now?

  7. Shaban Ramadhan

    March 10, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Well i remember at uefa final when Liverpool were awared a penalty after a hand ball from musa sissoko…that was on close range too….you know what soccer fans i really hate the fact that var is there to measure every inch of an offside and still fail on decision making…we have to accept the fact that we humans are not perfect fifa officials should just let the game flow like before….without var it was sweet then bt now its all crap….in my opinion var should be disposed and let us be served only with goal line tech.

  8. Anonymous

    March 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Rubbish excuse

  9. wilfred ishaya kuta

    March 10, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Total failure epl ref

  10. Michael Gong

    March 10, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    No, that one wasn’t a clear reasons , why did they failed to review it at first place?

  11. Tony Ellul

    March 10, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Well what a load of rubbish anyone here watch Fulham v spurs game now that was were a player could not move his arm the Fulham goal was disallowed Var has ruined football and Arsenal have had some shocking calls it feels like we have been picked out every week car is mentioned only a couple of times have they got the right call it’s just not good enough !!!!?

  12. Abdulaziz Abdullahi

    March 10, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Greenwood vs Odoi and now Pepe vs Pieters VAR did not see anything hahahaha this is a joke.

  13. Anonymous

    March 10, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    You can clearly see his arm motion towards the ball, so he had enough time to do that, the same as when david Luiz didnt have time to get his knee out of the way when he was being kicked, but that was a penalty and a red card…rigged to f***

    • Nija

      March 10, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      Is it not England again?

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