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Watch: Ciaran Clark At The Center Of Controversial Decision In Brighton Vs Newcastle

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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Brighton & Hove Albion hosted Newcastle United in a vital clash at the top of the Championship on Tuesday night, with Chris Hughton's men sitting one point above the Magpies before kickoff.

Tensions were always going to be high in what most assumed would be a very close contest, and indeed the only thing separating the sides at half time was a goal from the penalty spot converted by Brighton striker Glenn Murray.

Ireland international Ciaran Clark was the man penalised after he and Murray tangled in the six-yard box, but upon second viewing via the replays it seems like a very harsh call.


The term 'six of one, half a dozen of the other' was invented for instances like this, as Murray had as much of a grip on Clark as the Irishman had on him, and even forced him to the ground with a push, yet the defender was penalised.

It's definitely a harsh call.

Keith Andrews in the Sky Sports studios at half-time argued that in a game of this magnitude you simply can't give a penalty for something like that, and he's got a point.


Clark even caught a knee to the head from his goalkeeper who had his eyes on the ball, so not a great moment for the former Villa man, who is expected to play for Ireland in their crucial qualifier against Wales next month.


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