By Keith Hackett

23rd Nov, 2021 | 12:09pm

Ex-Fifa referee: Davies 'lucky' to escape major punishment as controversial Sheffield United footage emerges

Coventry City should have been awarded a penalty in their 0-0 draw with Sheffield United, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Ben Davies was “lucky” not to give away a spot-kick for his challenge on Callum O’Hare just after half-time.

Davies seemed to trip O’Hare up inside the area but the Coventry man did not immediately go to ground, as shown on the footage posted to Sheffield United’s YouTube channel.

Referee Michael Salisbury waved away the visitor’s appeals and instead showed O’Hare a yellow card and awarded the Blades a free kick.

As quoted by the Yorkshire Post after the game, Mark Robins insisted his player did not dive and had a cut on his ankle to prove it.

“The United player has gone in with a straight leg and Coventry had a good shout for a penalty kick,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Defenders have got to understand they’ve got to play the ball. When they go in with a straight leg and miss it that forward, in the modern game, is going to take advantage of it.

“They were lucky not to give away a penalty kick. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s a poor decision.

“Look at the Sheffield United player, he knows that he’s fouled him. He’s lucky.”

The result leaves Sheffield United in 17th place in the Championship, just five points above the relegation zone.

Coventry would have gone up to third in the league if they had won at Bramhall Lane but instead sit in fifth ahead of the midweek action.

In other news, Paddy Kenny has named three Sheffield United stars who ‘need to go’ in January.