Peter Walton in heated debate on controversial moments in Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool


Peter Walton aired his thoughts on a controversial night in Madrid as Liverpool beat Diego Simeone’s Atletico side 3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano – with the ex-referee getting into a heated debate with Peter Crouch and Joleon Lescott over Antoine Griezmann’s first goal.

The game was clouded by VAR decisions after all but two of the goals went to the officials, alongside one penalty that wasn’t given in Atletico’s favour.

The two managers were fuming with decisions not given against them, especially Simeone who stormed down the tunnel wondering just how his side lost the game.

But the debate didn’t just rage on between the two managers – with BT pundits Joleon Lescott and Peter Crouch having a heated debate with ex-referee Peter Walton over the decision to award the first Atletico goal.

Koke fired a shot into the area which Antoine Griezmann directed goalwards – however, with Thomas Lemar on the goal line, the pundit duo argued that Joel Matip didn’t get to the ball due to the French winger’s position – something Walton vehemently denied.

“You can see when it’s played here, the moment the balls kicked, he [Lemar] is always in an offside position when the balls crossed,” Walton said.

“He’s in an offside position, the actual offence occurred if he attempts to play the ball or he plays the ball which he does neither.

“The most contentious one, does he impede his opponent, does he impede Matip there and that’s very subjective.

“What the referee needs is does he impede him? My opinion, he doesn’t, Matip stops there thinking he’s going to touch the ball and should follow through. Therefore the referee doesn’t have that clear evidence to overturn the goal.

“You can’t read what’s in the opponents head, I can only go with what the law says – and the law’s quite specific – does he intentionally stop Matip from playing the ball? That’s a subjective viewpoint, that’s why we should go for the referee’s on field decision because we don’t have the clear evidence to the contrary.”

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