Former Premier League referee Howard Webb has said that assistant referee Scott Ledger was right to advise Andre Marriner to give a penalty for Liverpool against Damien Delaney at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The decision came deep into second half injury time, allowing Christian Benteke to give the Reds the victory with almost the last kick of the game. Video replays showed that Delaney's knee clipped the Belgian's heel, and Webb told the Times that the decision to award the penalty was the correct one.
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“Only Benteke will know how much contact there really was and how it affected him, but Delaney’s challenge gave him the opportunity to go down. He had looked into the box and seen he did not have much support, so Delaney’s contact was a gift.
“Andre Marriner, the referee, could not see it from his position, but Scott Ledger, the assistant, saw there had been contact and was brave enough to give the decision.”
Palace players have insisted after the game that the decision robbed them of a point, with Joe Ledley saying:
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