Mike Jackson was unable to explain how officials managed to award Tottenham a winning penalty for handball against Ashley Barnes as Burnley fell to a 1-0 Premier League defeat on Sunday.
The Clarets produced a fighting performance and frustrated Spurs for long stretches but were undone by Harry Kane’s penalty eight minute into first half stoppage time. The penalty was awarded after a lengthy VAR check with referee Kevin Friend advised to watch the monitor before awarding the kick.
Burnley’s players and coaching staff were furious at the awarding of the decision with Nick Pope booked for his protests. And Jackson, who said he thought talking to the referee after the game was ‘unnecessary’, called for more common sense to be applied to handball law as he spoke of his displeasure with the ruling. which could prove crucial in Burnley’s battle for survival.
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“I just watched it back now. I don’t think it’s a penalty,” he said. “You have to look at it in the context of what happened before the ball even arrived, it’s an 18-yard box with bodies in it, people competing.
“Someone pulls Ash’s arm, he tries to keep his balance and the ball goes in. How can he get away with it? I don’t know. You can’t stand in an 18-yard box with your arms by your side, you’re not doing this.
“I don’t know if the referee played football. Your arms are there to protect you and help you move, give you strength. Nobody even called for a penalty.
“You could go back before the ball came in and say there were three shirt pulling incidents, someone pulled someone’s arm and you would never get the game started. I’m bored by that, but on the other hand, I’m really proud of the band.”
Jackson added: “You have to use common sense and look at what the context is. I don’t know how you can keep your arms down in an 18-yard box and I’ve played there for years. I can understand if someone raises their hands in a reaction and I see it but if you are poised and moving…I don’t understand it But it was given and you have to take it on the chin.
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