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Date published: Tuesday 17th April 2018 8:52

We run the rule over a number of controversial decisions this weekend, with Tottenham, Man City, Manchester United and Southampton all on the wrong end of some bad calls.

Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

Marcos Alonso challenge on Shane Long

Shane Long was challenged by Marcos Alonso, who clearly studded Long in the back of the leg. The Irishman required treatment but Mike Dean, rather incredibly, did not even award a foul. The ref clearly can’t have seen the incident as if he did Alonso surely would have been dismissed.

Given that the incident was missed completely by the officials, the FA could yet take retrospective action.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

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Manchester City penalty v Tottenham

Manchester City were worthy winners against Tottenham on the balance of play but can consider themselves fortunate to have been awarded a penalty in the first half against Tottenham after replays appeared to show Hugo Lloris’ foul on Raheem Sterling was actually outside the box.

Whistler Jonathan Moss did not hesitate in pointing to the spot when Lloris cane flying off his line and upended Sterling after being beaten to the ball by the England man. Lloris was given a yellow card but TV replays appeared to show that initial contact actually took place a good yard outside of the area.

It was obviously a difficult call to make given the speed Sterling was travelling at and the fact his momentum took him into the area before he hit the deck, but it should have been a free-kick rather than a spot-kick.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

Ben Davies yellow card v Manchester City

Ben Davies was only booked for a truly shocking challenge on Vincent Kompany at Wembley.This one could and really should have been a red. His studs were up and it was clearly reckless. Kompany himself was furious that Davies was only booked

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