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Glenn's penalty blues

Posted on 17 September 2001  - 12:00

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Glenn insists that had referee Steve Dunn consulted his assistant before pointing to the spot he would not have awarded a penalty to Chelsea that swung the balance of the game.

Dunn’s view of the incident involving Ledley King and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was from some distance behind the play and Glenn feels that the assistant was in a much better position to judge whether contact had occurred.

Television replays back Glenn’s view that Ledley did not trip the Dutchman and it later emerged that the assistant informed Chris Perry that he did not give the penalty.

“I’ve seen it four or five times and there was no contact made and no attempt to tackle,” said Glenn. “Anyone who watches that will see that, it’s a poor decision. It’s gone against us like it did against Everton.

“We’ve lost five points this year through poor refereeing.”

Glenn absolved Hasselbaink of any blame for the controversial passage of an enthralling encounters, explaining that the prolific striker tripped over.

“He didn’t dive. Let’s make it clear he didn’t dive, he stubbed his foot and if the referee — and the assistant by the way — can’t see that from where they are then we’ve got problems.

“That’s gone against us, it cost us, because at that stage I felt we had the momentum.”

Glenn reflected that referees would get more penalty decisions right if consultation with fellow officials takes place before awards are made, rather than pointing to the spot straight away.

“It was a poor decision. There are two things we can think about. You have to buy yourself 30 seconds sometimes as a referee and they don’t. If he had gone over to his linesman before he wouldn’t have given a penalty. It’s as easy as that.

“He made the decision instantly, from what was a poor position, the linesman was in a better position.

“The linesman definitely said there was no touch, he said ‘I didn’t give it’ to Chris Perry afterwards. From where he was, which was the best view, there was no touch.“But the referee had already made his decision, if he had gone to the linesman first there is no way he would have given it, I’m sure.”