Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United: No contact with Kieran Lee in penalty incident, says Kirk Broadfoot

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Rotherham United defender Kirk Broadfoot insists the referee was right not to give a spot-kick in the Hillsborough derby.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kieran Lee went down in the area after turning Broadfoot, but official Nigel Miller waved play on

“It wasn’t a penalty,” said Broadfoot, playing at centre-half in the absence of injured Kari Arnason after stints at right-back and left-back.

“I asked the boy after why he didn’t just shoot because he’d done me on the turn.

“I didn’t touch him so I thought he must have slipped because the pitch was pretty poor, to be fair.

After the match, which finished 0-0, Owls head coach said he thought a penalty should have been given, adding that Lee had told him it was a definite foul.

But TV evidence suggests there was no offence to warrant a spot-kick being awarded.

Broadfoot added: “I didn’t touch him. I’ve not seen it again but I don’t recall touching him.”

Arnason, who missed his first match of the season with a toe injury last Saturday, is meeting up with the Iceland squad as he is expected to be fit for the second match of the international break, the Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Millers midfielder Paul Green is on standby for the Republic of Ireland and is training with his club.

Green could have won the South Yorkshire derby for the Millers but missed with two first-half headers.

Broadfoot said: “Paul Green’s first header was really clear-cut.

“The second one was hard, but the first one ... I thought he should have scored.”

Meanwhile, England Under-19s could be playing in front of a full house when they take on Italy U-19s at the Millers’ New York Stadium on Friday. Yesterday, tickets sales were approaching 11,000.