The pressure is mounting on Everton manager Marco Silva after his side were beaten in controversial circumstances on Saturday.
Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier has claimed that he feels ‘sorry’ for Everton’s Michael Keane after he was involved in a controversial VAR call against Brighton on Saturday.
Marco Silva’s side ended up losing the contest right at the death, but earlier on, VAR adjudged that centre-back Keane, who moved to Goodison Park for £30 million in 2017 [BBC Sport], seemingly stamped on Aaron Connolly’s foot in the penalty area.
The penalty was given by VAR, with Neal Maupay levelling the scores at the time before Lucas Digne would convert into his own net in stoppage-time as Brighton won the match 3-2.
Former Southampton forward Le Tissier thinks that the VAR incident was a penalty because Manchester City’s David Silva wasn’t awarded a spot-kick earlier on in the season for a similar incident and everyone, at the time, couldn’t understand why that penalty wasn’t given.
“Very much so [unfortunate],” Le Tissier told Sky Sports. “During the second half, I thought they were the better team and probably deservedly went into the lead. And then a little bit unfortunate with VAR awarding the penalty.
“I don’t think it was a deliberate stamp on the ankle of Connolly by Keane, but he clearly did. The VAR decided that was enough for a penalty. I have to say I feel sorry for Keane because it wasn’t deliberate.
“I think there was a big hoo-ha at the start of the season when David Silva didn’t get a penalty at Bournemouth for pretty much the same thing. And everyone went ‘oh, why didn’t Silva get a penalty’. So, by that reckoning, this has to be a penalty and I think they got it right.”
Everton weren’t happy with VAR at the end of the game as they felt that they should have been awarded a penalty themselves.
But once again, VAR has taken the spotlight as Silva will feel that his team was hard done by, as pressure will no doubt mount on his shoulders.
His team are two places and two points above the relegation zone and on Tuesday night they face off against Watford in the EFL Cup. Defeat here will only increase the calls for him to be sacked.