By Aramide Oladipo
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that the matchday officials were correct to not award Tottenham a penalty in their 0-0 stalemate against Swansea City on the weekend.
Spurs had three appeals for a spot-kick but referee Mike Dean waved away the protests as Mauricio Pochettino’s men slumped to their second consecutive Premier League draw at Wembley Stadium.
Swansea full-back Martin Olsson was involved in a hand-ball appeal and a block on Spurs central defender Toby Alderweireld whilst substitute Serge Aurier appeared to be tripped by Jordan Ayew in the penalty area late on.
When asked about the three appeals on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Premier League Daily Show (September 18, 10am), Gallagher is adamant that the referee made the right call in every decision.
“The first one with Alderweireld comes back to my saying ‘where can he go?’ he said as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“Alderweireld can’t get by but Olsson can’t make himself invisible.
“He hasn’t moved into line with him and hasn’t moved across and taken him out, so it’s a no for me.
“The Olsson ‘handball’ has got to be the best spot the referee can make. That is an incredible spot. I didn’t think it hit him on the hip but it did.
“With Aurier, he actually trips himself.”
The North London club have yet to be awarded a penalty in all competitions this season.
Spurs were awarded a total of nine penalties in the Premier League last season in which they converted seven of them.
The draw means that Pochettino’s side have still failed to win a match at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League.
Tottenham will have the opportunity to bounce back to winning ways when they face Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
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