West Bromwich Albion have written to the Premier League to call for the introduction of video technology after they were denied a victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge when a penalty was given to the home side in the final minutes of the game, the
The Baggies believe the spot kick – awarded for a Steven Reid foul on Ramires – was wrongly given and claim it is the latest in a series of controversial decisions to have gone against them this season. The letter to the league highlighted four incidents of penalties being given against Albion or not given in their favour, and raises the question of allowing referees to see penalty incidents and change their decision based on video evidence.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace points to a penalty given to Southampton, as well as the one at Chelsea, and penalties not given to West Brom against Arsenal and Stoke City, as cause for concern. Peace also argues that the goal-line technology installed at great expense will barely be needed all year, whereas penalties are far more common occurrences. Not only that, but Peace wants to arrange a meeting with referee chiefs and the West Brom hierarchy.
The contentious penalty at Stamford Bridge led to ugly scenes in the tunnel, the newspaper reports, including a row between West Brom captain Jonas Olsson and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
West Brom are 10th in the Premier League table following the draw, but claim the debateable decisions have cost them seven points. If those missed points are added to Albion’s total, they would move to fifth.
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