A miserable afternoon for Leicester City was sealed by Chris Wood five minutes from time, but how much did the referee influence the outcome of the match? David Bevan, editor of The Seventy-Two, an excellent Football League blog, joins Mike McCarthy to pick over the bones of Leicester’s first away defeat of the season.
In the show David talks about the penalty decision. Here are a couple of frames from the TV coverage.
So, an injustice then, but when you listen again to the BBC commentary, it’s understandable.
Martin Keown: “It’s King the retrieving defender..well, does he make contact with the ball?”
Simon Brotherton: “I think he does”
MK: “We see it from this angle. Well I think he’s unfortunate there because he actually makes contact with the ball”
MK: “I think Beausejour knows exactly what he’s doing.”
SB: “I think he catches the inside of Beausejour’s foot there.”
MK: “Certainly a difficult one for the referee isn’t it…”
Only later in the game were the commentators confident enough to back the referee’s decision. Make of it what you will.
Disclaimer: I must confess at first glance I thought it was a penalty. Only now, having sat and watched it again, frame by frame, can I say for sure that it wasn’t. It’s difficult to judge Kevin Wright too harshly in the circumstances.
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