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Everton's Cries for a Penalty Against Liverpool Go Unheard

MarkClattenburgreferee Everton's Cries for a Penalty Against Liverpool Go Unheard
Everton was robbed of a draw against their Merseyside rivals in the 2-1 win by Liverpool today at Goodison Park.

In the final few minutes of the game, Joleon Lescott was clearly pulled down from behind in the box by Jamie Carragher. The decision by referee Mark Clattenburg not to award a penalty was a cruel blow for Everton who were playing with nine men after Hibbert and Neville had been sent off earlier in the match.

The controversial decision not to award a penalty again points to the need for the Premier League (and FIFA) to consider adopting technology to help referees. The fans watching home have the advantage of TV replays. Some of the managers on the touchline have devices where they can watch TV replays. The referee meanwhile is blind to all of this and can only call what he sees (or doesn’t see, in this case).


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