West Brom’s Joleon Lescott believes penalty call against him was harsh

After Everton were awarded a penalty for a Joleon Lescott handball in the 0-0 draw against West Brom, the England international believes referee Michael Oliver was harsh on him, reports Sky Sports.

Lescott was ruled to have deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area to gain an advantage to alleviate danger so he can clear the ball, but Everton missed the subsequent spot-kick, with Kevin Mirallas seemingly going against team orders to take the penalty away from Leighton Baines.

But the West Brom defender feels Michael Oliver was harsh on him in giving the penalty, saying: “Unfortunately we gave a penalty away and as I say grateful for us that we didn’t concede. I don’t think (it was a deliberate handball). I’m going to say that, but I don’t feel my hand moved towards the ball. They’ve made a decision, but thankfully it didn’t cost us the match.”

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