Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson severely criticised referee Mike Dean for his ‘arrogance’ after seeing his edged out 4-3 at Tottenham in a classic encounter, Sky
The 51-year-old’s fury came as a result of Dean’s decision to award a penalty for Tottenham in the 64th minute of Saturday’s game, as the official adjudged that David Nugent had brought down Danny Rose after taking a heavy touch inside his own 18-yard box.
The resulting spot-kick saw Harry Kane complete his hat-trick and put Spurs back in front against the run of play having squandered an early two-goal lead, and Pearson was left in no doubt’s that Dean’s decision played a crucial role in deciding the outcome of the game. He said: “I find it difficult to accept we have to deal with another contentious decision that’s not gone our way.
“It is two players colliding. Dave would be the first to admit that he should have dealt with earlier but I find the length of time it took to decide that two players colliding in the box is a penalty bizarre. What’s the point of talking to him (Dean)? He’s one of the most arrogant people I’ve ever met. The arrogance of him is frightening at times.’
A close range finish and a deflected shot had given Kane his first two goals inside the first 13 minutes, but a fine breakaway saw Jamie Vardy slam home Nugent’s pinpoint cross to pull one back, and five minutes after half-time it was 2-2 as Wes Morgan powerfully headed in from a corner amid slack marking.
Following the penalty, Leicester went 4-2 down in unfortunate circumstances as Kasper Schmeichel’s save from Christian Eriksen rebounded in off Foxes winger Jeffrey Schlupp. It was Nugent who completed the scoring late on with a low drive, but his team remain seven points from safety.
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