West Brom boss Tony Pulis has ranted about refereeing decisions which he feels went against his side in yesterday’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal, claiming that Alexis Sanchez could have been sent off.
The Gunners came away with all three points, but the opposing manager feels his side were hard done by officials, while pointing the finger at Alexis for diving.
“The disappointing thing is Sanchez falls for the first free-kick, that’s cheating,” said Pulis.
“Jay is very honest and does not get rewarded. Everyone saw what happened. Sanchez actually dives for the first free-kick and he should be booked for diving.
“Then you see the tackle in the box. The referee had a great view. Everyone has seen it and can make their minds up.
“It’s not only a foul but the player can be sent off as well. It can be a penalty and playing against 10 men but let’s forget about the referee.”
Arsene Wenger had a more realistic approach to the penalty decision however, although he is known for his own biased rants about decision which he feels could have helped his side on occasion.
The Gunners boss said: “The referee left the advantage and they nearly scored from that.
“They hit the post. He could have given the penalty or not. He let the advantage.”
If course you wouldn’t here a complaint if they had managed to score from the advantage, but you have to think that given they hit the post, the decision was correct from the referee on that one, as for Alexis potentially being sent off I think that would have been harsh.
Should the referee have given the penalty? Was Alexis let off? Or should Pulis get a grip?