Date: 12th February 2017 at 11:19pm
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Former referee Howard Webb has defended the decision of Mark Clattenburg in choosing to allow Alexis Sanchez’s opening goal against Hull.

With Hull manager Marco Silva saying that Clattenburg had apologised post game for the decision and Hull Andy Robertson also being quoted as saying.

‘The referee has apologised to us about the first goal because he’s seen it was a hand ball. He wasn’t sure at the time. He said he wasn`t 100 per cent sure, obviously we can argue he shouldn`t have given the goal but he can argue he should have. Not many referees admit they`re wrong. It’s good but it doesn`t make it any better.’

Webb had a completely different outlook on the so called controversial decision as he didn’t believe there would be anybody in the world (unless associated with Hull who would feel hard done by) that considered that to be deliberate handball and ultimately the deliberate is key.

Speaking BT Sport (video) as they reviewed the action post game, Webb explained that Hull should feel unlucky but ultimately it was not handball under the rules.

‘It certainly came off Alexis Sanchez’s arm. And to be fair to Mark Clattenburg he’s gone over to the assistant to talk to him as well. I can only conclude that they came to the conclusion that it wasn’t deliberate. And when we see it back I don’t think anybody in the world who sees that sequence of play can say that Sanchez meant to handle that.’

Webb went on to say.

‘If I was a Hull fan, a Hull player, the Hull coach I’d feel bitterly disappointed that I’ve had this really bad stroke of luck gone against me. But Sanchez does nothing other than try and play the ball with his left leg. As his left leg goes up, naturally his right arm goes up for balance. It pings around in there, comes off the keeper and hits his arm and goes in the goal. It’s certainly not intentional. The law requires the handball to be an intentional act and it wasn’t. So as the law is written it was a correct decision by Clattenburg.’

Two referees seeing the same thing differently and making their decision it appears to disagree following replays. Next fixture day somebody will probably be sent off for exactly the same thing.

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