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Brighton should have been awarded penalty at Tottenham, admits refereeing body

Refereeing body PGMOL has admitted Brighton & Hove Albion should have received a penalty in their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

According to the Guardian, chief refereeing officer Howard Webb has apologised after Stuart Atwell failed to award a penalty for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s tackle on Kaoru Mitoma. 

Mitoma was fouled by the Danish midfielder in the box when the two sides were level at 1-1. Atwell did not penalise Hojbjerg and the video assistant referee (VAR) upheld his decision.

Robert De Zerbi’s side largely dominated the Premier League but came away empty-handed after having two goals ruled out for handball. 

Mitoma put the ball into the net soon after Heung-min Son curled in an excellent 25-yard strike in the 10th minute.

However, the young winger’s goal was chalked off after he was adjudged to have controlled the ball with his arm. 

Danny Welbeck also found the back of the net early in the second half only to see it ruled out following a VAR check. 

Both decisions went in favour of Tottenham, who then extended their advantage through Harry Kane to seal a 2-1 win. 

The latest defeat was a big blow to the Seagulls’ hopes of securing European football for next season. 

A victory would have reduced their gap with Spurs to only a single point, but they are now 10 points off the top-four places in the Premier League table

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