Brentford manager Thomas Frank has called the decision not to award Burnley’s goal against Nottingham Forest “brutal” and “very harsh.”
Sander Berge was severely deemed to have handled the ball, denying the striker what could have been the winning goal in Wednesday night’s exciting 1-1 draw at the City Ground.
Frank, who co-hosts Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football with Jamie Carragher, didn’t hold back when asked about the incident.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank referred to the decision not to award Burnley’s goal against Nottingham Forest as “brutal” and “very harsh.”
Sander Berge was found to have handled the ball harshly, denying the striker what could have been the game-winning goal in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at the City Ground.
When asked about the incident, Frank, who co-hosts Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football with Jamie Carragher, didn’t hold back.
“The Burnley players and Vincent Kompany thought they got the winner and I don’t think it should be a disallowed goal. It’s so, so brutal.
“I can only speak from the heart, it’s so tough. You work so hard, the players work so hard, the staff work so hard to win a game and then these things you can’t control go against you, that’s tough.“When you look at it frame by frame, he touched the ball and it moves a tiny bit, but I think it’s very harsh.
“What happened to that clear and obvious mistake where they have to interfere? What if that was a defender and he touched the ball? Would that be a penalty? No. It’s just because it’s in a build-up to a goal that it’s different. They have to use common sense.”
When asked if he supports VAR, Frank replied, “It’s there now, so we have to embrace it.” It is unlikely to alter, in my opinion.
“I believe we need to improve and smooth it out. That is how I believe it should function.”
Meanwhile, Carragher concurred with Frank, saying, “I’m with Thomas, I think it’s really harsh.” It should be a target.
“He’s running, so his arms are pumping, he’s trying to get there, and then the defender comes across, so his arm is slightly different than his running action, but not by much.”
“However, the defender is present, so the left arm would normally come up anyway.” It’s the smallest of touches, and to call it a handball, I believe they would feel a little cheated.”