Anorak News | Biased football: Vardy dives, Arsenal cheated, Leicester robbed

Biased football: Vardy dives, Arsenal cheated, Leicester robbed

by | 14th, February 2016

Arsenal beat Leicester city 2-1 in today’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash. Leicester went ahead thanks to a Jamie Vardy penalty. Should the penalty have been given? Let’s see what the experts say:

The Leicester Mercury’s live blog says:


AND IT’S IN! Vardy hammers the ball into the net to give Leicester the lead. The striker wheels away to celebrate as boos ring out around the ground from the Arsenal fans.

God knows why. It was as stone-wall as they come.

Also, credit to the referee who played a great advantage in the build-up.

The Guardian:

The Vardy penalty was definitely a case of the striker falling over Monreal’s leg… Vardy knocks the ball past Monreal in the box and, in my opinion runs into the Arsenal defender, and then goes down. Atkinson points to the spot! I can see why he did. It looked a penalty even if gamesmanship was involved.

London Evening Standard:

Jamie Vardy controversially won and then converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time

Arsenal FC:

As the first half drew to a close, Cech was beaten, and there was a large slice of controversy in the build up. Ozil appeared to be fouled by Morgan on the edge of the Leicester box, but referee Martin Atkinson waved play on, allowing Leicester City to break.

Should Leicester have had another penalty kick?

The Times:

Though Arsenal show terrific grit and determination to come from behind and win the game, Leicester may well consider themselves incredibly unlucky to not have been awarded a penalty just moments prior to the sending off of Danny Simpson.


Riyad Mahrez twists and turns inside the area. He turns Nacho Monreal before going down and claiming contact. If there was, it was very slight…  It was a great piece of skill but if anything he has tripped himself over.

And who says the Press is biased?


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