(Images) Michael Oliver awards Fulham penalty he refused to give Liverpool for carbon copy Gabriel handball

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A lack of consistency in officiating decisions has left many a Premier League fan scratching their head over the course of the 2022/23 season.

Michael Oliver invited fury from Liverpool supporters during the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal as an apparent handball from Gabriel went unpunished.

Bizarrely the official handed a penalty for a somewhat similar situation in Fulham’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s shot struck Matty Cash on the arm.

It begs the question as to what exactly is an unnatural position for an arm to occupy given that the distance between players in both instances was minimal.

You can catch the images below, courtesy of @joel_archie (via @peterjharvey):

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  1. Lost all little confodence I had in Oliver and VAR. Shameful to have not only not award Liverpool the PK to Liverpool but to award one against them that is not even a foul.

  2. Used to respect Mr. Oliver as a ref but I have said this before…..English refs are consistent ONLY in their inconsistency. Nuff said!!!!

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