Former referee Dermot Gallagher comments on Michael Oliver’s performance

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham overcame Leicester 3-1 yesterday in what turned out to be a tough game for the home side.

The Foxes had a number of chances to take all three points from Wembley but found themselves up against an inspired Hugo Lloris.

Referee Michael Oliver’s performance came in for a lot of criticism from Spurs fans as he appeared to get both of his big calls in the game wrong.

After Heung-min Son was brought down in the Leicester box by Harry Maguire, Oliver decided to book the South Korean for diving.

The replays clearly showed that the winger had touched the ball away before being tripped by the England defender.

There was another controversial incident in the second half when James Maddison went down under a challenge from Jan Vertonghen, and this time Oliver decided to award a penalty to the Foxes. Replays showed that Oliver had yet again got his decision wrong.

Needless to say, Mauricio Pochettino was far from happy with Oliver’s performance and decided to call him out after the game, particularly on his decision to book Son.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has now weighed in on Oliver’s decision to book Son and he has conclusively said that the South Korean should have been awarded a penalty.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gallagher said, “I thought it was a penalty – it’s certainly not simulation, is it? There is so much contact that even if you say that he initiated it, it would be very difficult. I think the expected decision there for everyone was a penalty.

“Later on, it would be easy to justify. When James Maddison was given a penalty, for me, you either give both as penalties or both not and that’s where the imbalance was for me.”

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