West Brom receive apology from referees boss Riley over Chelsea penalty

Mike Riley, the head of the referees’ governing body, has apologised to West Bromwich Albion for the controversial penalty awarded to Chelsea in the Premier League meeting between the teams, Sky Sports has reported.

Riley contacted Albion Head Coach Steve Clarke to convey his regret over the decision made by Andre Marriner, who pointed to the spot when Ramires went down with Baggies defender Steven Reid in close attendance. Eden Hazard converted from 12 yards to level the scores at 2-2 with only minutes to play, denying West Brom victory.

Clarke told West Brom’s official website: “We’ve had a phone call from Mike Riley to apologise. It doesn’t get us any more points but it’s nice of Mike to phone.” He added: “If he’s apologising, he obviously feels it was the wrong decision. We have to put it behind us now and move forward.

West Brom wrote to the Riley and the Premier League to register their concern over a number of debateable incidents that appeared to go against them, believing they would be seven points better off had the officials found in their favour. West Brom are currently 10th in the table with 14 points and the extra seven would take them to 21 points, the same total Chelsea, in fourth, currently hold.

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