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Watch: Was It A Penalty? Dundalk Have MASSIVE Appeal Turned Down In First Half

Watch: Was It A Penalty? Dundalk Have MASSIVE Appeal Turned Down In First Half
By Gavan Casey Updated

It's been a cracking opening half between Dundalk and Maccabi Tel Aviv at Tallaght Stadium, and the Irish champions' 'non-British' style of football is certainly threatening their Israeli opponents.

20 minutes in, the major point of contention is a massive penalty appeal from Dundalk, after Robbie Benson appeared to be taken down by a defender as he burst towards a loose ball just inside the Maccabi box.

Having seen the incident originally, the Balls night shift were unconvinced - even as commentators Dave McIntyre and Damian Lynch grew increasingly animated having seen the replays.

But, thanks to Eir Sport's incredibly speedy upload to Twitter, we've slowed it down ourselves and it certainly appears as though there's solid contact between the Maccabi defender and Benson; it seems Benson is almost raked across the calf as he attempts to get to the ball. Take a look for yourselves.

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Penalty?

The old adage about a referee only getting a split second to view the incident doubtless applies, and it was one of those 'comings-together' where a penalty seemed so inevitable prior to the collision that perhaps the referee felt Benson was always looking to buy one. But if he felt there was no contact, why not book the Dundalk man?

Let us know your thoughts.

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