Frank Lampard has been contacted by the FA after the Everton boss’ comments regarding an Anthony Gordon penalty appeal came back to bite.
Everton fought hard, yet ultimately made the short trip home from Anfield without a point on Sunday. The defeat cemented their place inside the relegation zone after Burnley had leapfrogged them via a 1-0 victory over Wolves earlier in the afternoon.
Everton’s spoiling and defensive tactics were clear for all to see. Though that was not to say they weren’t effective and had their forwards been clinical, the Toffees could’ve produced a shock.
Anthony Gordon in particular was a livewire down the left. The young winger twice saw penalty appeals waved away when taking a tumble inside the area.
Gordon was booked for simulation in the first instance, though the second incident involving Joel Matip was more contentious.
Yet referee Stuart Attwell did not deem the contact enough to warrant a penalty. VAR Darren England concurred with Attwell’s on-field assessment.
In the post-match fallout, Lampard suggested the decision may have been different if involving Mohamed Salah at the other end. Lampard also hinted Liverpool’s influence while playing at Anfield may have affected the referee’s judgement.
Lampard takes aim at Stuart Attwell and Darren England
“If it is Mo Salah at the other end, you get a penalty,” said Lampard (via the Daily Mail). “I have played in teams in the top half of the league, you get them.”
In his interview with Sky Sports, Lampard said: “I’m not sure how clear-cut it was but the referee was quick to whip out a yellow card (for Gordon’s first penalty appeal with Naby Keita).
“When the stuff was going on in the middle of the pitch, you look back on that with VAR and there’s some questionable things going on in that too.
“Maybe that’s to be expected when you come here [Anfiield].”
Now, the Mail report Lampard is in hot water with the FA for those comments.
They state Lampard could face a charge and has been ‘asked to provide his observations on the matter.’
Everton were so incensed by the perceived injustice that they reportedly contacted referee’s body PGMOL in the fallout.
Their issue reportedly stemmed with the short shrift VAR Darren England gave the second incident with Matip. In their minds, the incident warranted a more detailed look than England gave it.
Everton’s relationship with the PGMOL is acknowledged as being strained at present.
A dubious non-awarding of a penalty against Man City when Rodri handled inside the box also left Lampard seething in late-February.