Controversy not video cameras gives football its engrossing vitality | Michael Butler

Christian Benteke’s last-minute penalty for Liverpool at Crystal Palace had everyone disagreeing but that is part of the game’s enduring magicIt does not matter how many times you watch Damien Delaney’s tackle on Christian Benteke during Liverpool’s controversial win at Crystal Palace on Sunday, there is no definitive answer to whether it should have been awarded as a penalty. Jamie Carragher argued it was, “100%”. Alan Pardew unsurprisingly said the referee, Andre Marriner, was wrong. After viewing the incident via numerous replays, two former Premier League referees, Mark Halsey and Graham Poll, held opposing views of the incident in their newspaper columns. It goes to show there will always be incidents that are far from clear-cut. The Benteke penalty on Sunday was particularly timely in this regard, coming the day after the International FA Board announced plans for a two-year trial of video technology to help referees, to
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Tottenham’s Dele Alli playing through pain barrier, admits Mauricio Pochettino

• 19-year-old has made 27 league appearances for Spurs this season
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Former Leeds managing director to face trial in Dubai over slander charges

• David Haigh to face trial on 16 March in United Arab Emirates
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Leicester City fans causing earthquakes with celebrations, claims study

• Recent late winner against Norwich caused earthquake with magnitude of 0.3
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