Paul Clement was left frustrated after his side’s defeat to Arsenal and was less than impressed at Mike Jones for booking Ki Sung-Yeung instead of awarding his side a penalty.
At that point, the game was delicately poised with the Gunners leading by a single (probably undeserved) goal.
On first view – the only one the referee gets – I thought it was a penalty, but my view (behind a TV screen) was different than the one Jones had. He reached for the first yellow of the day and flashed it at the Swansea midfielder.
After three replays it became clear that Ki had ‘done a Pires’ – he’d went past Koscielny, who was trying to get out of the way, and stuck his leg out to make sure there was contact with the Arsenal defender. It was a dive.
Not so, says Swans’ boss, Clement. “When I spoke to Ki at half-time he said there was contact,” Clement said. “I got the opportunity to look back on it from all the different angles – obviously the referee doesn’t get that – and saw the reaction of Koscielny, and it’s a penalty”.
Really, Paul? Really?