West Brom ‘receive apology’ over penalty decision at Chelsea

Steve Clarke reveals West Bromwich Ambion have received an apology for the penalty awarded against them at Chelsea

Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke's West Brom are 10th in the table Photo: Back Page Images

Steve Clarke has revealed that West Bromwich Albion have received an apology from Professional Game Match Officials Limited chief Mike Riley for the controversial penalty awarded against them at Chelsea.

The Baggies were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier this month after referee Andre Marriner awarded a spot-kick when Ramires went down in the box under a challenge from Steven Reid.

Eden Hazard then tucked away the resulting penalty deep into stoppage time to earn Jose Mourinho’s men a draw.

“We’ve had a phone call from Mike Riley to apologise,” Clarke told the club’s website.

“It doesn’t get us any more points but it’s nice of Mike to phone. If he’s apologising, he obviously feels it was the wrong decision. We have to put it behind us now and move forward.”

The Baggies boss also revealed that the club have sent a letter to the Premier League and the PGMOL highlighting four penalty decisions that have gone against them in their opening 11 games.

“The purpose of the letter is to try and provoke discussion,” added Clarke. “It’s not necessarily a discussion between us and the authorities, but a discussion between everyone and the authorities to see if there is a way we can improve the game.

“That’s my understanding of the basis of the letter – it’s no more than that.”

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