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Dermot Gallagher gives his view on latest controversial Man Utd penalty decision

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher feels the correct call was made in overturning the controversial penalty awarded to West Brom on Saturday.

Match official David Coote pointed to the spot to give the Baggies a spot kick during the clash with Man Utd at Old Trafford after Conor Gallagher had gone down in the box under a tackle from Bruno Fernandes.

But after consulting with the VAR and reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor, Coote changed his initial decision and ruled Fernandes’ attempt a fair challenge.

Coote has since come in for criticism, none least from ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand, who claimed the penalty against his old club should have stood, branding the U-turn “disgraceful”.

But ex-official Gallagher feels the team of officials got the decision right eventually when asked if he thought it was a penalty.

Conor Gallagher went down under Bruno Fernandes’ challenge in the box

“I think not,” the former ref told Sky Sports. “If you look, Fernandes gets the ball, there is contact, there’s no doubt about that, but I don’t think it’s contact that would put Connor Gallagher down like that.”

Gallagher then explained how he felt there is so much grey area between what is deemed a foul and what isn’t due to the subjective nature of the incidents in question.

He continued: “As regards to clear and obvious, that’s a very interesting question in so much as, if the referee or the VAR doesn’t think it’s a penalty, it’s clear and obvious to him [alone].

“This is the difficulty in defining is it a clear and obvious error? Yes or no?

“It’s very difficult to say to a guy ‘give a penalty’ when you are convinced in your mind it’s not.”

Meanwhile, Watford captain Troy Deeney has claimed the top clubs receive favourable treatment.

“I think there is still big club bias when it comes to VAR,” Deeney told talkSPORT .

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David Coote watched the incident back on the monitor before changing his mind
David Coote watched the incident back on the monitor before changing his mind

“Why? Because you’ve still got the human element of the referees there. They’re operating it.

“It happens. Look at the Man United game – the penalty has been changed. He gave a penalty, he went over there and wasn’t sure, and then he took the penalty away.

“If that was Man United, and Ally, please back me up here, if that was the other way around that penalty stands.”




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