Football: I SHOULD HAVE GIVEN A PENALTY; Ref admits he got it wrong.Byline: By David McCarthy David McCarthy (born 16 July 1983 in Dublin) is an Irish sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres and began racing over 800 metres in 2007.
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OLD FIRM referee Kenny Clark Kenny Clark (born November 1, 1961) is a Scottish football referee in the Scottish Premier League and was until 2006 also on the FIFA International list. last night admitted he blundered by not awarding Celtic a penalty in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Rangers at Ibrox.
The whistler missed the foul by Ibrox left-back Steve Smith on Celtic skipper Neil Lennon Neil Francis Lennon (born June 25, 1971 in Lurgan, County Armagh) is a professional footballer from Northern Ireland. He is the former captain of Celtic F.C., after leaving the club at the end of the 2006-07 campaign. just seconds after Thomas Gravesen had given the visitors a 1-0 lead.
And yesterday Clark held his hands up to the mistake and conceded he got the crucial "whistleblower" column in which referees have the right to make public the reason for decisions they make.
Clark said: "I got the opportunity to watch the incident for the first time last evening and, yes, it should have been a penalty kick."
"In penalty area situations a referee tries to take up the best position possible and as play developed from the left, I moved with it and thought I was well placed.
"From the angle I had at the time I saw the challenge but I obviously didn't think there had been an infringement.
"Having now had the benefit of seeing the incident from various camera angles, there certainly was contact."
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McVicar said: "It's a pity that the debate is all about one decision because Kenny handled the game extremely well and contributed to what was an excellent advert for Scottish football.
"He used all his experience to manage and control one of the most passionate fixtures in football and got the balance right."
Lennon and Celtic boss Gordon Strachan were left fuming about the decision after the match in which Brahim Hemdani equalised for Rangers two minutes from time.