Mon. Nov 23rd, 2020

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Ferdinand and Scholes disagree over Man United vs West Brom penalty incident

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Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes disagreed over whether it was clear that a West Brom penalty should have been overturned against Manchester United on Saturday night.

After a low-key first half, the game burst into life shortly after the break when Bruno Fernandes was adjudged to have fouled West Brom’s Conor Gallagher in the penalty area by David Coote.

Yet, after being told to review the decision on the pitchside monitor, Coote opted to overturn the decision due to the fact Fernandes had made some contact with the ball.

United won a penalty of their own minutes later, which Fernandes dispatched at the second attempt after a retake was ordered.


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Speaking on BT Sport after the match, former Reds defender Ferdinand blasted Coote’s decision to overturn his decision to award West Brom a spot-kick minutes earlier.

He said: “It’s a disgraceful decision, he got it right the first time around. He’s gone there, looked at it, how do you actually go against the decision you’ve made initially when you’re looking at it closely?

“The more you look at it, the more it’s a penalty.”

He added: “It’s plain and simple to see. You’ve got to look at it from a West Brom point of view as well, they’ve come here and been tight, kept to their gameplan and been solid.

“They (West Brom) are looking for little opportunities in a game like that, they get one and it gets taken from them.

“It’s unbelievable. If it was a decision where you had to go to VAR as you couldn’t really see it or didn’t understand if it was the right decision, but that was so clear. That’s not what VAR is for.”

Scholes, however, argued that the decision wasn’t as clear cut as Ferdinand was making out.

“I’ve seen it about 50 times, I still can’t make my mind up on it,” he said. “I know it does look like a little bit of shin on shin but it does look like he touches the ball a little bit as well.

“From another angle, you can see Bruno’s reaction to go and complain to the referee straight away saying he never fouled him.

“We’d all do that, of course, but I don’t think it’s totally conclusive… I’m not sure it’s that clear.”

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