Tottenham manager Juande Ramos was blahhhrdy pissed off yesterday when his boys were refused what The Sun describes as a ‘stonewall penalty’ after Robbie Keane was felled by West Ham goalie Rob Green. Tragically for Tottenham, neither the red card or the penalty were forthcoming and Ramos seethed:
“I am totally frustrated, of course. This was the key moment of the game because it would have meant we would play with a numerical advantage. On top of that, we would have had a penalty to be on level terms. It would have changed the face of the game completely. These are decisions that the referee has to take very quickly, within tenths of a second. I’ve got my opinion about it — which is different to the referee’s.”
Of course in the final minute the ref got it right, and gave a penalty to Tottenham, which Defoe then proceeded to miss, but don’t lose focus from the fact that had Keane’s felling been punished Tottenham would not only have had the chance to miss a penalty much earlier in the game, but Robert Green would have been given his marching orders.