Graham Poll: Mike Dean was wrong to award Manchester City their penalty

20 January 2010 01:51
Mike Dean's decision to award Manchester City a penalty in the 42nd minute sparked vehement protests from the visitors.

Dean gave the spot-kick after United full back Rafael tugged CraigBellamy's shirt as the City attacker attempted to go past hisman.

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If the foul is committed outside the area and the player falls inside the box then a free-kick outside is correct.

If there are two fouls, one outside and one inside then the referee,who has played advantage after the first offence, should award apenalty.

Dean thought that last scenario occurred last night and therefore awarded a penalty, which Carlos Tevez clinically converted.

I struggled to see the second foul inside the area but Dean clearlyfelt otherwise as he explained his decision to the furious Unitedplayers.

The first scenario occurred on Saturday when City conceded a penaltyat Everton; many people asked me about that incident, believing afree-kick should have been given where Micah Richards first held backLouis Saha, but Andre Marriner got that one absolutely correct unlike, in my opinion, Mike Dean last night.

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