Martinez: Swansea penalty should have been a free kick to Everton

After Swansea City rescued a point against Everton from a second-half penalty, Everton manager Roberto Martinez felt the spot-kick should have been a free kick to the Toffees for the foul in the build-up, reports BBC Sport.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman was pressured by Swansea’s Maarvin Emnes, before handling the ball, but Martinez feels the fullback was unfairly challenged, and should have been awarded a free kick of his own. But Coleman handled the ball, and the referee had little choice but to give the penalty.

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey made no mistake from 12 yards, and his penalty meant the two sides took a share of the spoils at the Liberty stadium. While extending their unbeaten run, Everton had a chance to make it four consecutive wins in the Premier League, turning round their previous poor start, but were left felling hard done by in the end.

Martinez was far from pleased at the final whistle, and feels his side have been robbed of all three points as a result of the decision. He said Coleman was fouled, and hinted that the referee could have been swayed by the home crowd to give a penalty following their reaction.

“Clearly there’s contact (on Coleman). I’ve seen it many times given as a free-kick. He’s trying to protect the ball and gets unbalanced and from that point he expects the free-kick to be given. It’s one of those actions where you expect the referee to be a little bit more above the occasion. You felt the crowd were asking for two or three decisions and it was building up to a decision and unfortunately we were on the receiving end,” he said.

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