West Brom manager Tony Pulis was left fuming on Monday after referee Robert Madley denied what he called a “stonewall’ penalty at Arsenal when Shkodran Mustafi tripped Jay Rodriguez in the box in the eighth minute of the game.
Madley had a clear view of the incident, but did not give a foul or signal that he was playing the advantage as Rodriguez got back up to his feet and got a shot off that Petr Cech palmed onto the post.
This is why players dive. Rodriguez & West Brom denied a blatant penalty. pic.twitter.com/RQ05ASXS1x
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) September 25, 2017
To make things worse, Arsenal were awarded a penalty of their own in the second period when Aaron Ramsey went down in the box following an innocuous-looking challenge from Allan Nyom.
It was all too much for Pulis.
“The tackle in the box on Jay, the referee’s got a great view, it’s a stonewall penalty. The great thing is everybody has seen it, so they make their decisions. I don’t have to talk about it and I don’t want to talk about it.
“It’s not only a foul, the player could be sent off as well,” said Pulis.
A frustrated Pulis added that his side have not been awarded a penalty in 39 Premier League games because his players are not told to “roll around”.
“Jay is honest, and doesn’t get his reward for being honest. We haven’t had a penalty at this football club for over a year.”
Arsene Wenger had another view on the incident.
“Mustafi tackled and touched the West Brom player,” said Wenger. “It could have been given, the referee left the advantage. I think it was right because they were in a position where they could score and they hit the post.
“It’s a kind of decision that’s difficult. If he doesn’t give the advantage and they miss the penalty, people will reproach [the referee].”
Many fans were also with Pulis.
Just saw that Mustafi and Rodriguez penalty situation and I am not sure I'll ever understand what the referee was thinking
— Emmanuel Nwachukwu (@emma_dele) September 25, 2017
— Jasper Shiner (@repsajshiner) September 25, 2017
The Rodriguez penalty decision changes the complexion of the game. The English game has gone to stage where referees are deciding who wins.
— Steve Heighway (@Mywayorthe) September 25, 2017
Others felt Rodriguez had been too honest.
The Rodriguez penalty that wasn't given is why players go to ground. If he went down then a penalty may have been given.
— Jon Andrews (@JonAndrews84) September 25, 2017
Jay Rodriguez as to stay down for the penalty to be awarded..he recovers and continues play,and almost scores.No penalty. #ARSWBA
— Aggrey Sichangi, Esq (@SnrAggrey) September 25, 2017
if Rodriguez stays down, he gets the penalty
— Gav (@OzilForDays) September 25, 2017
That's 100% a penalty. If Rodriguez hadn't played on, it would've been given.
— Arsenal Bhöy (@F_Bhoy) September 25, 2017
That's a penalty all day long and Jay Rodriguez should be applauded for not making a meal out of it. However… maybe he should of…
— Oli Bell (@olibellracing) September 25, 2017
Whoever said honesty is the best policy?