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Referee apologizes to Lampard & Everton after Man City complaint

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Everton filed an official complaint to the Premier League after they were denied a penalty in their 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend.

PGMOL managing director Mike Riley has apologized to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and manager Frank Lampard.

The pair were left incensed when a VAR decision denied Everton a penalty in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City after Rodri appeared to use his upper arm to control a bouncing ball inside the box, soon after Phil Foden put Pep Guardiola’s side in front at Goodison Park.

Referee Paul Tierney and VAR referee Chris Kavanagh dismissed Everton’s protests. Tierney even gave first-team coach Ashley Cole a yellow card for his protests at the final whistle.

According to Sky Sports, Riley has now called both Kenwright and Lampard to apologize for the incident.

Can Lamps bounce back?

Lampard was anything but pleased by the officiating at the weekend, as he slumped to his third defeat in his opening five games in charge of Everton.

The former Chelsea boss will hope to get things back on track on Thursday in the FA Cup. Everton play non-league side Boreham Wood in the fifth round at home. They are the heavy favorites to progress into the next round of the competition, starting at odds of 1.14.