Penalty? Rodriguez incident sparks debate

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.

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.

Alexander Lacazette then stepped up to score from the spot for his second goal of the night as Arsenal won 2-0.

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.

Others felt Rodriguez had been too honest.

Whoever said honesty is the best policy?

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