Identical handballs but different outcomes has Eagles boss Holloway demanding video technology

Palace boss Holloway slams match officials after handball is missed

Anger: Why no penalty? Sunderland got one for exactly the same thing SP72943

Frustrated: Dean Moxey was adament Palace deserved a penalty SP72943

First published in Sport Streatham Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway wants fourth officials to have access to video technology after being denied a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The talking point came in the first half of the Championship meeting at Selhurst Park when Dean Moxey’s cross appeared to strike the raised arm of a Bolton defender just inside the penalty area.

However, Holloway was left infuriated and berated the fourth official when referee Robert Madley waved play on, and Moxey took out his frustration by hacking down Chris Eagles - getting a yellow card for his troubles.

In the Premier League match between Sunderland and Wigan at the DW Stadium on the same day, a Sebastian Larsson free kick was blocked by a raised arm and the Black Cats were awarded a penalty – which they scored, and they would eventually win the game 3-2.

Holloway said: “The fourth official said that the referee did not see it, so if he did not see it and the linesman did not see it, what is the point of having them.

“I saw a handball on Match of the Day on Saturday night that was exactly the same as the one we did not get, and it was given. I don’t get it sometimes.

“That’s why technology must be used. We judge referees on what we watch back a few seconds after an incident and the fourth official could do the same – we have the technology at the ground for him to watch it on a five-second delay, it would be easy.

“Sometimes they are given and sometimes they are not. We just want consistency.”

Palace have a break from the action until January 30 when they travel to Huddersfield.

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