Watch: Arsenal penalty appeal not given by referee after Burnley handball

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There was plenty of late second-half drama at Turf Moor between Arsenal and Burnley on Saturday afternoon. 

The two sides were on level terms after Granit Xhaka’s error gifted Burnley an equaliser, cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener.

The second half was livened up by the substitutes, with Nicolas Pepe coming on and having a penalty appeal waved away after the ball struck the arm of Burnley defender Erik Pieters twice in a couple of seconds.

There could be no reasonable complaints over the first one, with the ball bouncing up and hitting his arm, but there was a stronger case for the second one, in which Pepe knocked the ball up and onto his upper limb.

The VAR officials at Stockley Park will have been taking a close look at the incident, but didn’t deem it worthy of action, probably due to Pieters’ close proximity.

Shortly after this, Pieters was shown a red card and a penalty was awarded for another supposed handball, but it was taken back after replays showed it struck his shoulder.

 


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