Monaco coach fumes over ‘non-existent’ penalty
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Monaco coach fumes over ‘non-existent’ penalty

Fola Akintomide

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was furious after his side lost 1-0 to what he described as a “non-existent penalty” in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Juventus on Tuesday.

The controversial decision will add to calls for the use of video replays as it was still not fully clear what happened, even after several repeats of the incident in slow motion.

The spot kick was awarded after Juve’s Alvaro Morata got clear of Monaco’s Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho as the striker chased a long ball forward from Andrea Pirlo. Replays showed that Carvalho nudged Morata just outside the area but the Spaniard’s fall took him inside the box and it was not clear whether there was further contact.

Czech referee Pavel Kralovec hesitated slightly, possibly consulting his goal line assistant, before pointing to the spot, while Carvalho was booked.

“It’s a huge injustice, there was no penalty,” Jardim told reporters. “We put Juventus in difficulties, but the result was based on a non-existent situation in an evenly-balanced match.

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