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Referee gives verdict on Kongolo penalty appeal.

SKY Sports' refereeing expert Dermot Gallagher has had his say on Terence Kongolo's hand ball in the penalty area versus Brighton.

The ball appeared to strike the Huddersfield Town defender on the hand as he tackled Brighton forward Florin Andone in the box.

Brighton's players and the crowd appealed to the official on the day, Mike Dean, but the veteran referee signalled for a corner. Former Premier League referee Gallagher reckoned even Andone - who had moments earlier scored the winner for the Seagulls with a header past Jonas Lossl - did not think it was a genuine penalty.

Speaking on Sky's Ref Watch, Gallagher commented: "I don't think he even expected a penalty himself. It's definitely hit his hand but that's all it's done.

"It's almost behind his body and it's flicked up off himself."

A second slow motion replay of the incident showed Kongolo blocking Andone's initial shot with a superb tackle.

The ball flicked up off the Dutchman's tackling leg and hit him on his right hand, which was extended behind him.

Gallagher added: "This is the right angle - this one here. There's the ball come up off his won body, hits his trailing hand, corner."

Moments after the Kongolo hand ball appeal, the Town defender put in another sliding challenge on Florin Andone. The crowd roared for a penalty but once again Dean gave a corner.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 5, 2019
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