When I saw the pen decision I thought it was somewhat harsh as the ball went to Fonte's arm and he couldn't have known much about it. However, when I checked out the replay vids I was astonished to see Fonte grab Carroll's ponytail and pull him down to the ground with it. Almost took his head off with the force! The Ref had an excellent view of the offence - I think Fonte is lucky not to have been sent off - and it was most definately a pen!
Anyone else see that? Nigel needs to read the damned riot act to his defenders frankly - no excuse for L1/L2 style defending in the Prem when they're picking up the wages of a superstar IMO.
Not deliberate in my opinion. Jose simply got his fingers caught up in the lady-boy's pony tail, a danger not only to the player himself but any opposition player who comes into contact with him. The referee should have ordered him to shave it off. ;-)
Last edited by Whitey Grandad; 23-10-2012 at 08:32 PM.
Neither, Fonte was pushed before jumping. A blatant two handed push that should have been penalised by the referee/linesman.
They said it was for yanking his pony tail on the radio and that is what I saw on TV. Didnt notice the hand ball.