Petr Čech says referee Lee Mason was well-placed to make the penalty decision at the end of Arsenal’s match with Burnley, after many have been critical that it was awarded to them.
Aaron Ramsey was pushed over by James Tarkowski in the area in the final minute of the match, after Sead Kolašinac had headed the ball in his direction.
Čech spoke to Arsenal.com after the game, and discussed the incident. “He (Ramsey) had a good run into the box and obviously it was one of the last chances we had. Overall, we created some very good chances on the left-hand side.
“When the cross came in, I was hoping that someone was going to tap it in. In the end, I saw him on the floor with people around complaining and the referee gave the penalty. He was in a very good position, very close, so I would think that he had a clear view on it and made a decision.”
None of the replays on TV gave a particularly clear view of the incident, and Čech is right that Mason was better placed to see what happened than any of them. Nonetheless, from the angles we do have, it appears that the referee made the right decision.
This isn’t exactly a common thing when it comes to Arsenal and penalties, so we’ll just have to enjoy it while we can.
There’s been plenty of debate since then over whether the referee was right to award it, but in general the list of people who think it wasn’t a penalty contains Burnley fans and Joey Barton. Even Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, conceded “it probably is a penalty”.
You can understand why they feels hard done by, especially when the decision came so late in the game. It seemed Burnley had managed to get another good result against a big-six club, after the earlier win over Chelsea, but they fell just short in the end.
The Clarets will have to accept it and move on.