Tuesday 27 June 2017

Clement joins calls for video technology after penalty farce

Swansea 3 Burnley 2

Swansea City's Luciano Narsingh in action with Burnley's Stephen Ward. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City's Luciano Narsingh in action with Burnley's Stephen Ward. Photo: Reuters

Swansea manager Paul Clement called for the introduction of video technology over penalty decisions after Burnley were awarded a bizarre spot-kick yesterday.

The strange call didn't cost the Swans, as Fernando Llorente's stoppage-time winner secured victory and lifted Clement's side five points clear of the relegation zone.

Swansea City's Tom Carroll attempts to tackle Burnley's George Boyd. Photo: PA
Swansea City's Tom Carroll attempts to tackle Burnley's George Boyd. Photo: PA

But the game's main talking point centred on the 20th-minute penalty referee Anthony Taylor awarded Burnley, even though television replays showed it was Clarets striker Sam Vokes who had handled the ball.

"I spoke to him (Taylor) at half-time and he said he made, what was in his opinion, an honest decision," Swansea head coach Clement said. "I don't think it would be any other way. It was clearly a mistake.

"I realised 30 seconds after the incident what had happened. Someone told me from the backroom staff, who were able to see it."

Asked whether video technology should be introduced for such incidents, Clement said: "I'd 100 per cent welcome it. I don't understand why it's taking so long, it's been spoken about for years and years. I feel for referees. I referee in training and sometimes I guess and sometimes I go off the reaction of the players."

Swansea City's Martin Olsson (right) celebrates scoring their second goal with Gylfi Sigurdsson. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City's Martin Olsson (right) celebrates scoring their second goal with Gylfi Sigurdsson. Photo: Reuters

In a see-saw game, Spain striker Llorente gave Swansea a 12th-minute lead before Gray's controversial leveller from the spot.

Gray then fired Burnley ahead just after the hour mark, but Martin Olsson equalised before Llorente struck for the 11th time this season.

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