Fu­ri­ous Carroll slams ref­eree af­ter late Le­ices­ter penalty


WEST HAM striker Andy Carroll lam­basted ref­eree Jon Moss last night for award­ing Le­ices­ter City the stop­page-time penalty that al­lowed them to es­cape with a 2-2 draw and nudge eight points clear of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at the top of the Bar­clays Premier League.

Much of the fo­cus dur­ing a thrilling, spiky con­test was on the of­fi­cials with sev­eral penalty ap­peals snubbed be­fore Jamie Vardy, who opened the scor­ing in the 18th minute, re­ceived a sec­ond book­ing for a dive in the 56th minute.

Moss chose to pun­ish Wes Mor­gan’s pres­sure on Win­ston Reid, al­low­ing sub Carroll to strike home a spot-kick fol­lowed up shortly af­ter by a su­perb Aaron Cress­well goal.

But, the match would end 2-2 thanks to a last-gasp Leonardo Ul­loa penalty given af­ter Jef­frey Schlupp went down un­der pres­sure from Carroll.

“I think it was a poor de­ci­sion,” said Carroll. “I think he’s try­ing to even it up. It is the same week in, week out, the same de­ci­sions, bad de­ci­sions, cost­ing us games.

“It is eight points now that we’ve dropped. It is not ac­cept­able, to be hon­est. It is bad de­ci­sions he has given all game. It’s not the first time and won’t be the last.”

Le­ices­ter cap­tain Mor­gan was not al­lowed to speak af­ter the match, but Carroll went onto in­sist that some­thing must be done to im­prove ref­er­ee­ing per­for­mances.

“Whether they’ve got the cam­era, what­ever you need, some­thing needs to hap­pen,” he said. “We could have been third in the league now if we had eight points. We are still fight­ing for fourth, fifth spot and we’re slip­ping down.

“There is noth­ing we can do about it when oth­ers are mak­ing the de­ci­sions.”

Vardy was dis­missed in the sec­ond half af­ter Moss ruled he dived fol­low­ing An­gelo Og­bonna’s tackle, with Le­ices­ter City boss Clau­dio Ranieri protest­ing his in­no­cence.

“He (Vardy) never dives,” said Ranieri. “He’s very fast and, at this speed, if you touch even a lit­tle then (you may go down).”

Vardy could face ad­di­tional ac­tion from the FA for his re­ac­tion to be­ing sent-off. He pointed at Moss and let rip with a tirade, which may go into the ref­eree’s re­port.

The FA gave Diego Costa an ex­tra one-match ban, £20,000 fine and warn­ing as to his fu­ture con­duct for the way he re­acted to his sec­ond book­ing in Chelsea’s FA Cup quar­ter­fi­nal at Ever­ton.

SOL­I­DAR­ITY: Ranieri puts a con­sol­ing arm round striker Vardy af­ter his red card

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