Arsenal and Liverpool blunders go unpunished

Howard Webb has escaped demotion, despite making high profile blunders during the FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday, reports the Daily Mirror.

England’s World Cup referee is set to take charge of Hull City’s clash with Cardiff at the weekend.

The news comes after Webb refused to give Liverpool what looked a clear penalty during their 2-1 defeat at the Emirates, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tripped Luis Suarez just minutes after he had awarded a spot kick following Lukas Podolski’s trip on the Uruguayan.

Webb also decided not to give Reds captain Steven Gerrard a second yellow card for a mistimed tackle in the second half.

However, the Premier League remain reluctant to demote officials, unless they have a bad run of mistakes rather than what they consider one-off mistakes.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed his disappointment at Webb’s performance, saying: “It’s a blatant penalty and we’re very disappointed not to get it.

“It was absolutely another penalty. With the first one Luis gets clipped and it’s a clear penalty, but the second one was even clearer.

“Howard was in a great position. I’m not sure if it was because it was so quick after the first one.

“With the type of player he is and the aggression in our offensive play we provoke a lot of challenges, especially Luis, who is always in and around the box asking questions of defenders. Quite a lot of the time he doesn’t get what he deserves.

“He got one today, but should have had two. If it’s a penalty he should get it, irrespective of what his reputation is. For me that was quite an easy decision.

“We came here and virtually dominated. To end up with nothing disappoints.”

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