Premier League referees

Premier League referees chief Mike Riley has sent an apology to Everton and their owner Bill Kenwright and manager Frank Lampard.

The Toffees were felt aggrieved when they were denied a clear penalty in their 1-0 loss to Manchester City over the weekend after midfielder Rodri appeared to escape an apparent handball call.

Daily Mail claimed on Monday that Everton lodged a formal complaint, while also asking for an apology for Lampard and his squad in the wake of the controversy; the same tabloid indicating on Tuesday that Riley – the general manager of the Professional Game Match Official Limited – has personally called the club to apologize for his organization’s shortcomings on the club.

According to the Athletic, Everton’s chief executive officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale had also expressed ‘grave concerns’ in their other matches including matches against Newcastle United, Southampton, and Tottenham.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey escaped with just a yellow card for a heavy challenge from behind on Anthony Gordon with the club failing to be given a penalty against Southampton a week ago after Oriol Romeu handled the ball handball in their 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s.

Forward Richarlison also had a penalty overturned against Tottenham in November, which came during the ill-fated tenure of Lampard’s predecessor Rafael Benitez.

Everton’s defeat and Burnley’s draw at Crystal Palace mean the Toffees are now sat just one point above the relegation zone.

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