Former Premier League referee comments on Liverpool penalty

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says that he does not think Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty against Crystal Palace.

 

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has told Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 7 at 11.45am, that he disagreed with the decision to award Liverpool a penalty against Crystal Palace.

 

With the game locked at 1-1 and deep into added-on time, the assistant referee adjudged that Damien Delaney had brought down Christian Benteke inside the area, with Andre Marriner seemingly taking the advice of his fellow official rather than making the decision himself.

 

Benteke got back to his feet to calmly slot the ball into the corner to earn the Merseyside giants an unlikely victory after they had been reduced to 10 men earlier in the second half.

 

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Palace manager Alan Pardew held differing opinions on whether the penalty should have been given, with the defender looking to pull out of the challenge despite minimal contact being made.

 

Gallagher has acknowledged that he could see why the incident has created much debate, but he has suggested that he would have not given a foul.

 

Gallagher said: "It's a decision that has polarised opinion. I think no, but many people have said yes.

"I have watched this all the time, but what it highlights to me is that if we have a video referee, we are still not going to get a decision on what we agree on."

The result at Selhurst Park saw Liverpool move up to seventh position in the table, while Palace remain in 15th place, nine points above the relegation zone.

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