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Referee's Decision To Give Leicester A Penalty Was A Big Gamble - Aston Villa Boss Dean Smith

James KE

March. 10, 2020

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Leicester a penalty was “a big gamble” after seeing his side thrashed 4-0 at the King Power Stadium.
However Smith did not use the decision, which led to the hosts’ second goal, to detract from the mistakes Villa made in their own downfall on Monday night.
Following a disastrous goalkeeping mistake by Pepe Reina for the opening goal, Oliver pointed to the penalty spot in the 63rd minute, judging that Barnes’ cross had struck Tyrone Mings on the arm.
The Villa defender pleaded his innocence and television replays appeared inconclusive, but VAR agreed with the referee’s decision to award the spot-kick.
“I thought Michael Oliver got the penalty decision wrong. It’s a shoulder, Tyrone was sure it hit his shoulder,” said Smith, whose team remain in the relegation zone.
“It’s a big gamble to call that as a penalty and I think his gamble hasn’t paid off in my opinion."
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