When Danny Simpson challenged Hernandez in the penalty box after 91 minutes of last night’s game, and referee Lee Probert brought out a yellow card Danny looked shocked.
Danny Simpson – confronting Hernandez after his dive in the box
And his face changed as he realized the referee was booking Hernandez for diving, not for the first time in the game last night, and wasn’t giving a penalty.
Danny’s stunned look turned into him applauding the referee for his actions.
But Danny has revealed today he was terrified in case the referee had given a penalty so late in the game, and the yellow card was for him.
This is what the former Manchester United players said after the game:
“Wazza (Wayne Rooney) joked before the game because he knows I’m a Manchester United fan,”
“He said, ‘Give us a penalty’. Thankfully, the referee made the right decision. I did not feel any contact.”
“I’ll have to look at it again but my heart was in my mouth for a while.”
Newcastle deserved the point last night, and with a little bit of luck could have won the game, but 3 points would not have been deserved with the Red Devils being dominant in that second half, but we’d have taken it of course. 😀
Javier Hernandez will now have to watch himself, because referees will get wise to his antics, and it was good to see Probert book the player for diving.
It’s becoming far too familiar these days, when players suddenly dive in the box, and when the slow motion TV replays are played, sometimes the defender has never even touched the player.
It’s simply cheating, and efforts should be made to stamp it out of the game.
And credit to referee Lee Probert last night, as he refereed a difficult game very well indeed – he had a good game.