Exclusive: Alan Hutton fumes over 'Strange' decision in Aston Villa thrashing
Alan Hutton was left fuming over the decision to award Leicester City a penalty in their 4-0 win against Aston Villa on Monday night.
The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he cannot understand how the officials decided Tyrone Mings had handled the ball in the box.
The 26-year-old was penalised by referee Michael Oliver after the ball appeared to hit the defender’s shoulder, with VAR choosing not to overrule the decision after a check.
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Hutton insists he does not think it was a penalty and cannot understand how VAR, with their slow-motion shots and various angles, agreed with the officials at the King Power Stadium.
“I didn’t think it was a penalty, I think it was the shoulder,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“It’s so frustrating, the worst bit is they’ve actually then checked it. How can you check it, with all the different angles, and still decide it’s a handball?
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“It’s a strange one. The only thing is, the way his arms went, it looks like he’s moved it out but it still doesn’t matter, it’s still hit the top of his shoulder which isn’t handball.”
Defeat leaves Dean Smith and his men languishing in 19th in the Premier League table, two points off safety with a game in hand.
The Villans’ next match sees them play host to Chelsea, with games against Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester United on the horizon.
In other Aston Villa news, it can be revealed Arsenal and Manchester City are battling it out for a Villa starlet.