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Media balls: eight reasons Burnley scored a penalty at Southampton

by | 16th, October 2016

Media bias: a look at monocular football reporting. when Southampton beat Burnley 3-1, the away team’s goal came via the penalty sport. Should it have been given? What was it given for? The reporters reveal all:

Daily Star: “Definitely not what you’d call a stonewall penalty.”

Southampton Echo: “Referee Mike Dean felt Tadic had fouled Ben Mee, allowing Sam Vokes to become the first to score against Southampton in 612 minutes.”

Southampton Echo Live blog: “Looked soft, but referee Dean is in no doubt… Dusan Tadic shoved over Ben Mee in the box.”

Burnley Express: “Clarets striker Sam Vokes scored a late consolation from the spot for the Clarets after Ben Mee had been felled by Tadic.”

Lancashire Telegraph: “Southampton 3 Burnley 1. Mike Dean gives a pen for a block on Mee from a corner. Vokes sends penalty down the middle.”

The Guardian: “Don’t pull an opponent’s shirt when Mike Dean’s in town. Tadic has done so, and it’s a penalty to Burnley.”

The Indy: “Referee Dean took pity on Burnley, awarding a very soft penalty after Ben Mee collided with Tadic

Daily Mail: “Dusan Tadic did nothing more than stand his ground as Ben Mee goes to ground underneath him”

The Sun: “Classic Mike Dean. He’s given one against Dusan Tadic for giving the slightest nudge to Ben Mee in the box at a corner. Never a spot kick.”

The penalty was given for a feeling, a shove, felling, a block, pulling a shirt, colliding, standing your ground and nudging.

Such are the facts.



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