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Why Man United were denied penalty against Spurs



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Manchester United were denied a penalty shout in the English Premier League game against Spurs on Saturday. Alejandro Garnacho‘s shot has hit Cristian Romero’s outstretched arm, but no penalty was awarded, despite a VAR check.

Former EPL referee Dermot Gallagher has dissected some flashpoints from the weekend’s League action. According to him, the incident was so close and hence very difficult for penalty.

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“The more you drill down into it, the more it causes problems. One of the problems there is that the arm’s out, is it in an expected position? Is it above the shoulder? Has the ball come too fast? You can ask all those questions, and that was the decision.

“I think it’s generally acknowledged the Lewis Dunk one last week [against Luton] was an error. This one, they’ve gone on the proximity.”

Meanwhile, according to Sky Sports’ Sue Smith – United were frustrated because such circumstance has resulted to penalty elsewhere.

“The frustrating thing for Man Utd is seeing others given. You don’t want to see them given all the time when it’s so close – what is a natural position?”

Gallagher has gone ahead to claim that United will also receive no apology from the PGMOL following Bruno Fernandes request for one.

“I would say it’s 100 per cent no that he’ll get an apology. The feeling is that he was so close, we talked last week about handball and it’s very, very difficult.


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