A penalty decision
Former referee Mark Halsey has offered his views on the penalty storm this weekend in the Premier League.
While many people are still calling for VAR to be introduced introduced into the top flight of the English game, mistakes are still made.
Halsey noted that he can fully understand why Fulham are angry with the referee of the day – Martin Atkinson.
Atkinson didn’t give the spot kick after a handball by Aleksandar Mitrović had a shot, and many of the Fulham player and Claudio Ranieri felt it was a chance for them to get a goal.
The culprit was Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles, yet he got away with it.
— Phil Cadden (@pjcadden) December 24, 2018
A fight against relegation
When you’re at the bottom of the table, decisions like that can be the difference between a point and three – or even zero is huge.
Fulham were annoyed there was no penalty, and it’s understandable.
Newcastle are also keeping one eye on the drop zone and will want to keep on rising up the table.
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In the January transfer window, both sides will also be looking to spend money.
The other big issue is sides like Cardiff and Southampton now starting to pick up points.
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