Dermot Gallagher says referee made right decision not to award penalty in West Ham United v Manchester City
Dermot Gallagher believes the referee was right not to give Manchester City a penalty for a foul on Gabriel Jesus in the 2-2 draw with West Ham.
The Hammers held a 2-0 lead at half-time before being pegged back to 2-2, before Lukasz Fabianski denied Riyad Mahrez a late winner with a penalty save to give David Moyes’ side a well-earned point.
But earlier in the game Pep Guardiola’s side were denied a penalty when Kurt Zouma made contact with Jesus in the box. Speaking on Sky Sports’ ‘ref watch’ segment [May 16] though, Gallagher said he felt it was the right call not to give him them a spot kick.
“There’s contact, no doubt about it but for me, the contact is most made by Jesus coming backwards,” he said.
“The connection is made because Zouma is trying to block the ball, Jesus is spinning his body round and he’s already going backwards with his feet. He doesn’t kick him.
“The VAR didn’t feel it was a foul nor a clear and obvious error.”
Craig Dawson’s foul on Jesus was a pretty clear penalty, but had this one been given beforehand then you’d have to admit that it was really soft.
There’s minimal contact and while it’s pretty clumsy from Zouma, it’s not enough for it to be deemed a foul. With that said though, had it happened on the halfway line he probably would have given it.
On this occasion it feels as though the referee got the decision right and the only reason it’s being spoken about is because Man City dropped points in the title race.
But West Ham were their equals on the day and fully deserved their point, and have now guaranteed a top seven finish for next season as a minimum.
Handing a penalty out for that would’ve cost the Hammers that positive, but also would’ve set a dangerous precedent going forward for similar incidents and that would only be a bad thing.
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