By Rob Jarvis

17th Jan, 2022 | 10:45am

Keith Hackett: West Brom deserved penalty v Queens Park Rangers

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League & FIFA-listed referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at West Brom...

Keith Hackett has insisted that West Brom deserved a penalty in their 1-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers.

The ex-Premier League referee questioned whether the bodies blocked the officials from making a decision in London.

Conor Townsend looked to have been clearly pushed to the floor by Stefan Johansen, but the decision was waved away.

“It’s when he pushed him,” he exclusively told West Brom News.

“I think this was a good shout for a penalty. That’s a push, maybe the body of the player is covered.

“That’s a penalty, he got that wrong. I think that was a penalty kick.”

Shocker.

How on earth wasn’t this given?

Townsend had got ahead of his man and charged into the box, only to be dragged down before he could fire it across goal.

The officials not giving it means they must have thought the left-back dived, but there was clear evidence he didn’t after Johansen placed both hands on his back clearly.

Valerien Ismael has every right to be enraged with the decision, and there are no excuses for the officials to be getting these things wrong.

In the end, it was the difference and gave QPR the chance to go and grab that winner as they did – something has to change.

In other West Brom news, an ex-FIFA official wants a huge action made against Jake Livermore and Albion’s current crisis.

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