Savage questions Palace penalty on Twitter; compares with Benteke incident

Madejski Reading

Crystal Palace defeated Reading 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

Popular pundit Robbie Savage has suggested on Twitter that the decision to award Crystal Palace a late penalty in their 2-0 win over Reading was softer than Christian Benteke’s winner last weekend.

Palace boss Alan Pardew was incensed with Liverpool’s 94th minute winner at Selhurst Park, so much so that he became quite agitated talking about the incident in the post-match interviews.

But what goes around usually comes around, and it didn’t take long for Palace to be awarded a dubious penalty of their own as Yannick Bolasie was alleged to have been felled late on against Reading.

Yohan Cabaye duly stepped up and scored, while Fraizer Campbell made the game safe in injury time.

Writing on Twitter during the encounter, Savage felt the penalty decision was extremely soft.

Jake Cooper was the man penalised for pulling Bolasie, but the contact was minimal and certainly no more than the contact which saw Liverpool’s Benteke hit the turf after being clipped by Damien Delaney.

Regardless of how Palace won the game, there won’t be many complaints with the result as the Eagles thoroughly deserved their victory and a place at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals.

It has been a tough 2016 for Palace in the Premier League, yet they’ve been excellent in the FA Cup and with a good draw there is no reason why they can’t go on to reach the final.

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