Everton are demanding a full explanation from the organisation responsible for refereeing standards in the Premier League as to why they were denied a penalty in Sunday's Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool.
Everton edged a step closer to relegation after being beaten 2-0 at Anfield, with second-half goals from Andy Robertson and Divock Origi securing a crucial victory for the home side.
According to The Telegraph, Everton are 'livid' they were not awarded a penalty in the second half when Anthony Gordon went down in the box under pressure from Liverpool defender Joel Matip.
The report claims Everton are preparing a formal response to the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) in relation to the incident.
Rather than directing criticism at referee Stuart Atwell, Everton are said to be more concerned about the use of VAR.
Everton have questioned why the incident was not reviewed in more detail, believing their claim for a penalty was dismissed prematurely without being properly checked.
It is the second time in recent months that Everton have complained about a crucial decision going against them.
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Anthony Gordon reacts to Everton's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool & the decisions made by the referee. pic.twitter.com/Kr1GZzjSCn
Everton manager Frank Lampard received an apology from PGMOL chief Mike Riley after the Toffees were denied a penalty late on in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, despite the ball striking City midfielder Rodri’s arm inside the area.
Speaking after the defeat to Liverpool, Lampard complained about supposed double-standards at Anfield.
“It's a penalty in the second half for us. I don't think you get them here," said Lampard.
“If it's Mo Salah at their end, he gets a penalty. I'm not trying to create a conflict here, it's just the reality of football sometimes.
“Maybe I've played at clubs when we're in the top reaches of the league, the crowd is behind them and you get them or you don't.
“For me, for sure, it was a penalty on Anthony. It's a foul and you don't get them here."
Defeat for Everton leaves them two points adrift of safety with six games remaining in their season.
The Toffees return to action with another tough game against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday.
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