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Former ref Mark Clattenburg gives verdict on Merseyside derby penalty decision

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has backed Chris Kavanagh for his penalty decision in Saturday's Merseyside derby - and explained why he was right not to show a red card.

Clattenburg added: "Kavanagh applied the spirit of the law and decided not to further punish Liverpool.

"It was a penalty, but it was good to see common sense prevail and Alexander-Arnold avoid a red card.

"The 22-year-old could have been dismissed for the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity with no attempt to play the ball, if referee Chris Kavanagh had followed the same principles which saw David Luiz shown red at Wolves."

Arsenal defender Luiz was given his marching orders earlier this month after a seemingly innocuous trip on Wolves' striker Willian Jose when he was merely trying to get back into position.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was adjudged to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin despite the Everton forward seemingly running into the back of the Liverpool defender who was sat on the floor.

"To avoid any more incorrect reds like the one for Luiz, the law should be changed."
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