Damien Delaney has spoken out following the controversy that came after Liverpool’s win over Crystal Palace yesterday.
Delaney has insisted that the penalty awarded to Liverpool in the ninety sixth minute was undeserved. Up until that point in the game both sides were on an even footing with a one all score.
As the penalty was awarded the stadium echoed to the sounds of booing from disgruntled fans that believed the linesman had made the wrong call. Unfortunately for Palace the referee chose to go with his linesman’s judgement, and the rest is now history.
Speaking after the match that has sparked much controversy, Delaney is adamant that the penalty was un-called for:
“I can honestly say I didn’t make contact with Benteke today and if there was slight contact I didn’t impede him and certainly didn’t feel there was enough to award a penalty in the 96th min. If a penalty is awarded that late it has to be unequivocal.”
With reference to the decision made by the referee the defender spoke of how he discussed the decision after the match:
“I waited over an hour to speak with the officials and in fairness to Andre Marriner he said he didn’t think it was a penalty but he trusted his linesman that much he awarded it.”
“With the way the game was ref’d and the physicality of both teams it was unbelievably harsh. With how Wilfried and Yannick were man handled by Liverpool players over the course of the game, which I’ve no problem with, it was a really tough decision to take so late. All I can do is swallow it and hope to put this right.”
Author Lisa Wood
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