Sunday, 26 February 2017

We Were Robbed, It Was A Penalty Says Swansea Manager Paul Clement

Paul Clement has said that referee Neil Swarbrick's failure to award his Swansea side a penalty was a key moment in their 3-1 defeat at Chelsea. After Fernando Llorente had cancelled out Cesc Fabregas' opener, a Gylfi Sigurdsson flick struck the arm of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Swarbrick waved play on however, and within a minute Pedro had put the Premier League leaders ahead again before Diego Costa wrapped up the win late on.

Clement said “We did have a very good claim for a penalty, and the score was 1-1 at the time. Sigurdsson's lifted it and I thought at the time Azpilicueta had handled it. Having had a second look on the video close-up it's clearly a handball. We didn't have very many chances and they clearly had a lot of chances, but defensively we frustrated them for long periods and we can be happy with work we put in. The players put a big shift in physically. But then clearly when it's 1-1 and you've got a big penalty shout and the game goes on to be 3-1 against you, you're going to feel very disappointed.”

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