Roy Hodgson blast Everton’s penalty after Palace loss

Roy Hodgson blast Everton’s penalty after Palace loss

After losing their first game of the season, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson wasn’t impressed by how their opponents Everton were handed a penalty that changed the outcome of the game.

Palace and Everton were one of the teams to have had a perfect start to the season and despite restoring parity in the Saturday game after Everton had taken the lead through Calvert-Lewin, Palace was to go down courtesy of a penalty from Richarlison.

Speaking after the game, the English manager said: "I think the rules are nonsense. And I can't understand how we in football have allowed this rule to come into operation. It's ruining the game of football; the rules of football are accepted from people by an early age.

“These days we're in a situation where we can't understand what is a handball and what isn't; it's absolute nonsense. I don't want to profit from it or lose to it; there's no doubt it's killing the game.

“I will predict what will happen, people will be flicking balls onto people's hands and screaming for handball and if you think that's going to make the game better then good luck to you.

“A really good game of football was killed by the decision today. I'm talking about referees, too. I don't blame referees because he's got to give it because it's what he's been told to do. I would have been really happy with our team's performance at 1-1 but we have lost in a way that I find totally unacceptable.

The loss sends Palace to fifth place with six points with Everton now going on top of the log; the Carlo Ancelotti side being the only team to have collected nine points from their three games.

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