Carrow Road

Next Game

Norwich v C Palace

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Hughton blasts penalty call

Chris Hughton believes an 'incredible' penalty award from the match officials cost Norwich City dearly at Arsenal.

Last Updated: 14/04/13 at 10:16 Post Comment

The Canaries led at the Emirates with five minutes remaining, with Michael Turner's header seemingly set to hand them a welcome win in their battle to steer clear of relegation trouble.

They were, however, to see momentum swing against them with the award of a controversial spot-kick.

Referee Mike Jones decided against taking action as Kei Kamara tugged Olivier Giroud inside the box, but his assistant called for a penalty and Arsenal would go on to net three times in the closing stages to snatch the spoils.

A disgruntled Hughton told Sky Sports afterwards: "The linesman gives the penalty from 50 yards. You have a referee who is 10 yards away who chose not to give it.

"What Kei Kamara has certainly done is end up playing the ball. Yes, of course, there is a little bit of contact, but I think the contact is maybe a little bit both ways.

"Sometimes you get an indication by the response of the players. Nobody appealed from them. The referee was 10 yards away and the linesman gives it from 45-50 yards away. I find that incredible.

"The same linesman on the third goal is offside, but he is 10 yards away and doesn't see.

"I thought we were excellent today, really. I couldn't fault the attitude and the aptitude of our players.

"When you come to somewhere like the Emirates, where you know it's going to be tough and you know you are not going to get the bulk of position and for 85 minutes you have given a really good account of yourselves, it's incredibly frustrating and disappointing when a decision is given by a linesman from 45-50 yards away."

Surprised

Hughton added: "There is no doubt that he is holding him a touch, but I think it's both way. If he is holding them fair enough. But it wasn't the referee who gave it, so that is almost immaterial. The referee has a feel for the moment, he is the closest one, he must certainly have a better feel than the linesman does from that distance.

"I was incredibly surprised. I was surprised because nobody appealed for it. They had the momentum in the game.

"We are also questioning whether it was a corner in the first place. Normally when you have got a player that is seeing the ball out and he has been swept from under, generally it is a goal kick or there is a free-kick given. But the momentum of the game, it seems that something might have been given for them."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Roberto Firmino eyeing trophy success at Liverpool after saying bye to Hoffenheim

Liverpool's £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino hopes to celebrate "a lot of success" at Anfield and 'can't wait test himself in the Premier League'.

Manchester United 'agree Matteo Darmian fee with Torino'

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Torino for Italy right-back Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Italia sources.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba not joining Barcelona this year

Barcelona have insisted they are "not planning" a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this calendar year.

Mail Box

Doesn't Delph To Arsenal Make More Sense?

We have reaction to our Top Ten regarding Philipp Lahm and Dave Mackay, why we all love Harry Kane, Fabian Delph to Arsenal and what United can get away with...

Why Is Kane More Likeable Than Carrick?

A Mailbox which covers topics including Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, handballs, transfer reporting and Rodgers bingo. It's not us being mean...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company