Koeman: Ref made ‘big, big, big mistake’ denying us penalty

Date published: Sunday 3rd April 2016 3:41

Ronald Koeman: Disappointed by Michael Oliver

Ronald Koeman felt Southampton were denied two cast-iron penalties as their hopes of European football suffered a blow following a 1-0 defeat to Leicester.

Wes Morgan’s header settled matters at the King Power Stadium, but Koeman felt Saints should have had two penalties when Danny Simpson stopped Sadio Mane’s shot with his arm, while they were also denied a penalty when the ball hit Robert Huth’s hand in the box.

He said: “I think we deserved two penalties, that’s the third time in a row, Stoke, Liverpool and today. It’s a key moment in the game.

“The chance of Mane is handball off his (Simpson’s) arm. It’s a penalty and it’s a red card. It makes it totally different and the second is the cross of Charlie Austin, defended by handball.

“I saw the penalty for Newcastle (against Norwich) on Saturday, is that different? If it’s not a penalty don’t give them, but it’s a big decision in the game.

“I asked him (referee Michael Oliver) to see the clip, but it’s not allowed for them to see the clip. Maybe if he stays home with his family he will realise he made a big, big, big mistake.”

Ranieri reaction

On the penalty shouts, opposite number Claudio Ranieri said: “Two? When Simpson saves the shot, he was running. He touched the ball with his hand, but it was very close to his side. I think it’s not a penalty. The other I didn’t see.”

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