“Sheffield Wednesday should’ve had a penalty” – Former Premier League ref makes call on Kadeem Harris penalty appeals

Former Premier League referee, Mark Halsey, says that Sheffield Wednesday should have had a penalty against Norwich City over the weekend.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 5:00 pm

The Owls had two penalty shouts turned down by Jarred Gillett while they were 1-0 up against the Canaries, but had them both waved away before the hosts pegged them back and ended up winning the game 2-1.

Kadeem Harris was brought down on two separate occasions, firstly by Grant Hanley and then again by Marco Stiepermann, but neither were deemed worthy of a spot kick by Gillett, with Josh Martin and Max Aarons going on to cancel out Josh Windass’ opener.

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Mark Halsey, who primarily refereed in the Premier League from 1999 to 2013, says that one them should have been given in the Owls’ favour, although admitted that the second was the correct call.

As quoted by This Is Futbol, Halsey said, “When I saw the first penalty, Harris had gone through and Hanley had chased tracking back, for me, it’s a clear holding offence and a red card. Now, in those situations, as a referee, if a player is bearing down on goal and going to get a goalscoring opportunity, why is he going to go down? Why is he going to go down in that situation? He’s not.

“So, you can clearly see that Hanley has pulled him back – a holding offence – and he was lucky to get away with it because had he given the penalty, he’d have had to send him off for denial because the double jeopardy rule only comes in when you make a genuine attempt to play the ball. If you make a genuine attempt to play the ball, it’s a penalty and a yellow card. So, they were very fortunate, Norwich, to get away with that situation.

“On the second one, from the first angle, you think, ‘oh, that looks a penalty’ – but when you look at it again from behind the goal, he’s clearly won the ball. So, it looks like he’s made a great challenge, so for me, I think the referee has got that one spot-on, but the first one, for me, I think definitely Sheffield Wednesday should’ve had a penalty, without a shadow of a doubt – and Norwich [should’ve] gone down to 10 men.”

Kadeem Harris had two penalty appeals waved away. (Pic Steve Ellis)

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