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Liverpool Palace: Crystal Palace robbed as ‘cool’ Benteke does a Gerrard

by | 7th, March 2016

tumblr_o3n5l3SNQp1u5f06vo1_1280 Crystal Palace lose to 10-man Liverpool and there are accusations of diving. Palace manager Alan Pardew previously seen head-butting an opposition player on the side of the pitch and verbally abusing the likes of Manuel Pellegrini and Arsene Wenger – is unhappy.

Palace looked to be on course for a valuable point against a Liverpool side down to 10 men, after James Milner saw red just after the hour-mark. However, with just seconds remaining, a rash lunge from Damien Delaney in the box left Christian Benteke sprawling and ref Andre Marriner pointing to the spot.

Benteke converted the resulting penalty to secure a precious win for the visitors and condemn Palace to another defeat.

Hard cheese. And sour grapes. The Sun leads with news that Benteke dived to win the spot kick.

“Was it penalty to Liverpool?” the paper asks. Yes, it was. Should it have been given? Time for a heated debate.

The Sun is first to respond. Paul Jiggins says “fraudulent” Benteke “conned” the officials.

We then hear from the player and the Palace manager.

Pardew: “I feel like we’ve been robbed. He certainly makes a big meal of it.”

Benteke: “I think he touched me, otherwise I wouldn’t go down. The referee knows better than us and he took the right decision.”

End of. But no. Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher adds his opinion.

Carragher: “Liverpool players don’t dive. It was a stupid decision to dive in and [Delaney] just clipped with his right knee Christian Benteke’s left ankle and it’s a penalty. I don’t think it’s a debate.”

But it is. In the local Press, the  Croydon Guardian reports Pardew’s

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