Sam Allardyce has hit out at the inconsistent refereeing decisions that nearly cost West Brom a crucial victory v Brighton on Saturday.
Albion edged out the visitors 1-0 at The Hawthorns but the game was marred by countless refereeing calls by Lee Mason that caused mass controversy.
The Seagulls were awarded two penalties but Big Sam took issue with both and highlighted a decision in Chelsea v Manchester United on Sunday as an example of the unfair treatment Albion are receiving.
Appearing on talkSPORT’s ”Breakfast with Laura Woods’ [09:30,01/03/21] the Baggies boss fumed: “I’m obviously not happy that there is such controversy around our game, we would prefer to be playing a game of football without talking about the decisions.
“It all stems not just around the controversial goal for them that was disallowed but also for me, having reviewed the penalty situation when there was two against us that everybody seems to forget.
‘If you’re telling me Hudson-Odoi’s wasn’t a penalty then Okay’s [Yokuslu] penalty was not a penalty on Saturday so where is the confusion and where is the consistency because that was a clearly accidental handball, he was jumping for the ball turned his head away and it hits him on the hand.
“The second penalty I am in no doubt now that he [Conor Townsend] played the ball and obviously we’ve seen huge amounts of penalties disallowed by there being a touch on the ball.”
Big Sam has a point – why was Hudson-Odoi’s not given as a handball but Yokuslu’s was?
How can a referee or VAR be so confident that the Chelsea winger’s was not deliberate but ours was?
Even if the ruling is that it does not have to be deliberate but just clumsy and affecting play, where is the consistency between the two?
The lines are being blurred and it could end up costing us.
We may have got a little fortunate with the disallowed Brighton goal (though by law it was correctly ruled out in the end) but the penalties were pretty disgraceful and we might not be so lucky the next time around.
Luckily we were plying a Brighton side who couldn’t hit a barn door as they fluffed two penalty attempts but the Premier League needs to have a serious discussion over the level of officiating taking place.
There is just no correlation between decisions and it is discerning for a club like ours that is fighting tooth and nail to stay in the division.
We just want fairness and parity with the top teams over decisions.
In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley details Premier League decision that left Big Sam incensed.