FANS were left furious after Newcastle were denied a penalty in the second-half of their clash at Chelsea.
Shortly before the hour-mark at Stamford Bridge, Jacob Murphy danced past Trevoh Chalobah and raced towards Edouard Mendy in the Blues goal.
Having been beaten all ends up, Chalobah grabbed a huge chunk of Murphy’s shirt and appeared to wrestle him to the ground.
The referee failed to point to the spot, with Murphy and his Newcastle team-mates incensed.
The incident was given the once over by VAR – with match officials incredibly refusing to award the penalty, suggesting it was not a ‘clear and obvious error’.
Ex-Liverpool star Stephen Warnock led the outrage, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s great play from Jacob Murphy.
“He chops Trevoh Chalobah inside out and he grabs hold of his shirt.
“I don’t know why that is not a penalty.
“He pulls him back, not once but twice.”
One fan fumed, blaming ‘big club bias’ for the Blues’ lucky escape, tweeting: “Chelsea playing at home… predictable it would not be a red card.
“Cognitive bias striking again. Had it been a lesser player of a lesser club playing away… more likely to have been red.”
Another agreed, saying: “Big 6 bias. Again. Disgraceful decision.”
A third raged: “How Chelsea isn’t a man down and Newcastle don’t have a pen is a joke, this is English refereeing for you. Disgrace.”
One tweeted: “Clear pen, honestly I don’t know the point of VAR.”
Specsavers – now Twitter-famous for poking fun of dodgy refereeing – even got in on the act, joking: “It’s been a while…”
Dozens of fans also described the incident as a ‘stonewall penalty’, while taking aim at the match officials.
To make matters worse for Newcastle, Kai Havertz scored with just two minutes left of the 90 to snatch a vital three points.
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