Ex-Premier League referee delivers his verdict on controversial penalty call - which left Sunderland fans fuming
The Black Cats fell behind to Ched Evans’ first half spot-kick at Highbury, but the decision was viewed as a soft one by the travelling continent.
Referee Anthony Backhouse adjudged Charlie Wyke to have fouled Josh Morris after a scramble in the box following a Fleetwood corner, and pointed to the spot.
But former top flight Halsey believes that Sunderland can feel aggrieved by the call – insisting he saw ‘no foul’ in the box after watching the footage several times. He also felt Backhouse was in a ‘poor position’.
Replying to a Sunderland fan on Twitter, Halsey said: “from the footage you have sent I can not see a foul in fact, I’ve looked at it several times I still couldn’t see a foul, imo the referee is in a poor position to judge any infringement”