Agbonlahor: Aston Villa victims of injustice as controversial Ashley Young footage emerges
The Newcastle United penalty in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa last week (30 October) exposed how “daft” the handball law is, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer claimed the decision was “harsh” against Ashley Young.
As shown on the highlights on Sky Sports’ YouTube channel, Young slid in to block a Miguel Almiron shot but it struck his hand and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.
Callum Wilson converted from the spot to open the scoring before Newcastle added three after the break to continue their winning run.
Wilson scored a second and Almiron and Joelinton also found the net in the second half.
Asked for his verdict on the decision after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think it’s harsh.
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“Handball will be given for that now with these daft rules.
“All he’s tried to do is block the shot, he’s not tried to handball it.
“With the rules how they are now, players must be really careful in the box. You can’t really even slide now because there is a risk of it hitting your arm.
“It was unlucky for Ashley. Hopefully, those sort of penalties even themselves out for Aston Villa over the season.”
Aston Villa bounced back from their defeat at St. James’ Park with a 3-1 win over Man United on Sunday (6 November).
It means they are up to 13th in the Premier League table after Unai Emery’s first game in charge.