According to Nottingham Forest centre-back Michael Hefele, Ayoze Perez was too ‘soft’ in the way he went down last night – claiming it was NOT a penalty as goalkeeper Luke Steele ‘got the ball’.
Don’t get me wrong, Perez is a little too soft and weak at the best of times, but this is absolute nonsense when it comes to last night’s penalty incident.
After being handed the man of the match award by Sky Sports last night, here’s what the German defender has had to say about Perez, the six minutes of added time and the penalty claim that was not given:
“It’s a little bit much, six minutes, for what, because we just score once? The celebration was not so much.
“They didn’t have many chances and I’m just very happy for everybody here,”
“Steeley (Luke Steele) had the ball and I think this was a little bit soft from the striker that he goes down.
“For me it’s no penalty, but I’ll have to look at it. In my view, it’s no penalty.”
I understand that players sometimes have to stick up for their own, but how you can honestly say that this isn’t a penalty is beyond me.
Calling Perez ‘soft’ is possibly a fair reflection if you were assessing how he carried himself in general during his cameo role last night, however there’s nothing soft about the penalty incident. He’s got there ahead of the goalkeeper and he’s been clearly bundled over.
Looking at the clip below, it’s laughable that he thinks Luke Steele got the ball here:
"He bundles into Perez, he doesn't get the ball. It's a penalty."
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