Hunt: We wuz robbed!By Nick Ive
October 27, 2008
Noel Hunt believes Reading were robbed of another home victory after being denied two strong penalty appeals in the 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Royals had claims for a spot-kick waved away by referee Chris Foy when Jimmy Kebe went to ground under a challenge from Matthew Connolly in the first half, and were then left fuming when Gavin Mahon cut out Noel Hunt’s cross with an outstretched arm seconds after the re-start.
FIFA’s laws state that a penalty or free-kick will be given if a player handles the ball deliberately (except goalkeeper).
However, the referee’s interpretation depends on whether the hand or arm is in an unnatural position at the point of contact.
And Hunt declared: “It was a handball. You can’t get clearer than that. His hand was up. Harps gave away a penalty at home to Palace for a similar thing.
“He (the referee) did see it. He later gave a free-kick against Bryn for a handball when he had his hands down at the side of him and he did the same against me. His (Mahon’s) hands were up in the air.
“He (referee) didn’t say why he didn’t give it, but even their lads couldn’t believe it and one of them said it was a stonewall penalty.
“It is gutting because they came here and packed the back and the midfield.
“It was a defensive team but it worked for them. I think we had the better of the chances though.”
Liam Rosenior was also convinced Reading should have been given a spot-kick. He said: “It’s disappointing. He has put his hands up above his head. Hopefully it evens itself out over the season. We had a “goal” at Watford so that is the Karma law working.
“You count on the ref to make the decisions. We had the same at Preston, but at the end of the day we had enough chances to win it in open play.
“We can’t say we didn’t win the game because the ref didn’t give us a penalty.
“It should have been given, but it wasn’t so we move on.”
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