Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire objects to ‘dive’ card

Chris Maguire says this challenge by Jason Shackell was a foul
Chris Maguire says this challenge by Jason Shackell was a foul
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Chris Maguire insists that he did not deserve a booking for diving and should have had a penalty in the Owls’ 1-1 draw at Burnley.

“I think it was obvious from my reaction what I thought of the decision,” the striker told The Star.

Maguire, team-mates and boss Stuart Gray were unhappy with referee Stuart Attwell after the incident involving Burnley centre half Jason Shackell.

Said Maguire: “I was going through on goal and had a clear chance to hit a strike with my left foot.

“I had no reason to go down. Everybody knows I’m not that type of player. If I see an opportunity to shoot, I’m going to take it.

“Even some of their boys said during the game that they thought it was a penalty.”

The Owls have yet to be awarded a spot kick this season. He added: “Over the course of a season some teams seem to get them more than others.

“We’re not out to cheat referees or other teams. If it’s a foul then you expect consistency from referees to give it.”

“We’ve had other decisions go against us: like the one at Macclesfield (a penalty given for handball); it was outside the box.”

Stephen McPhail, meanwhile, has extended his deal with the Owls by a further month. The midfielder, who has played 13 times since joining the Wednesday in September, is set to remain at Hillsborough until February 19. He is eligible to play in the Championship club’s fourth round FA Cup tie at Rochdale this weekend.