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Jamie Carragher accuses Nottingham Forest of lacking ‘class’ over the PGMOL fallout

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has accused Nottingham Forest of lacking “class” after the club launched a social media post following Sunday’s controversial Premier League defeat to Everton.

Relegation-threatened Forest were aggrieved not to be awarded three penalties – all against ex-England defender Ashley Young – as they lost 2-0 at Goodison Park, and later took aim at refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

The club described the decisions as “extremely poor” and suggested VAR official Stuart Attwell was a Luton fan – the Hatters are also locked in a battle for survival – in a post on X shortly after the full-time whistle.

Commenting on the post, Sky Sports pundit Carragher said: “It tells you where we are now with the Premier League and the clubs.

“Stuart Attwell and Anthony Taylor have had a horrible day today, horrible, and they should rightly be criticized for that and that could have real consequences for Nottingham Forest.

“I understand the frustration, but what I just read on social media is just like a fan in a pub. That’s shameful from Nottingham Forest. I understand the frustration.

“That nonsense about the VAR being a Luton fan, you can’t get involved in that, you have to show a bit of class when you are a football club.

“I get it, the frustration – the officials had a terrible day, terrible – but you can’t interfere with that, that’s nonsense.”

Fellow pundit Gary Neville said: “It is appalling, the statement from that football club, and it lets down the proud history of that club.

“The inferred cheating, as suggested by a Luton fan who is a VAR official, is absolutely ridiculous.”

Forest enlisted the help of former referee Mark Clattenburg as a consultant analyst to fight their corner in February after believing they were on the wrong side of a series of controversial decisions.

Neville believes that in the wake of the club’s statement, Clattenburg must leave his role or risk losing “all credibility” within the game.

“Mark Clattenburg must resign from his job at Nottingham Forest,” said the former Manchester United defender.

Asked why, he continued: “Because if he sees those words going out, questioning integrity and essentially calling a VAR official a fraud because he supports a certain club, then he supports what is being said and would essentially do all lose credibility. think, with referees in the game.

“He needs to back off tonight and distance himself from that statement, in my opinion.”

Forest’s post on

“We warned the PGMOL before the match that the VAR is a Luton fan, but they didn’t change it. Our patience has been tested several times.

“NFFC will now consider its options.”

Former Forest striker Stan Collymore was also critical of the move, which he fears could be counterproductive.

Collymore posted on X: “Take the high road and continue to seek representation through the club secretary. That’s been the accepted protocol for over 150 years.

“I guarantee all social media and owner rants will do is create more problems. To take. The. High. Away. Are. Nottingham. Forest. Not. A cafe. Team.”