Sheffield United should have had a penalty as they drew 0-0 with Bournemouth today and Morgan Gibbs-White has revealed that the linesman actually told the referee it was a pen.
Gibbs-White went down under a heavy challenge from Nat Phillips late in the game but the referee, Dean Whitestone, waved away United’s loud appeals in front of the Kop.
However, speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Gibbs-White has revealed that the linesman told him after the game that he had indicated to Whitestone to give the penalty.
“We should have had a penalty in the last ten minutes there. But you know we didn’t get it given,” Gibbs-White said.
“I dunno, you know. I got the ball first and felt contact and I couldn’t go anywhere cos he took me out. I spoke to the linesman straight after and he says he shouted it as a penalty and I don’t know why the referee hasn’t given it. But, you know, it’s football at the end of the day.”
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United are now on 65 points and sit fifth in the table. With five games to go, there is a chance the Blades will indeed need to win all five to make the top six.
Our View: Ridiculous Decision Not To Give Gibbs-White Penalty
Yes, Filip Uremovic should have scored late in the day, but we have been robbed of the chance to tuck one away from the spot here. The penalty was obvious and Gibbs-White knows it as well. Nat Phillips, too, is probably aware he’s got away with one.
Alas, United have to move on and take the positives from a good point in the end. Bournemouth will go up this season so it’s not the end of the world.
Scott Parker admitted we were the better side in terms of creating chances, and that is a good compliment for the Blades.