Michael Laudrup angry with officials after Swansea City draw with West Ham
MICHAEL Laudrup ripped into the officials after Swansea City’s goalless draw with West Ham at the Liberty on Sunday afternoon.
Laudrup’s men felt they were denied a clear penalty when Joe Cole appeared to block Nathan Dyer’s stoppage-time cross with his arm.
Swansea saw a run of 55 Premier League games without a spot-kick when they beat Sunderland last weekend.
And Laudrup claimed they should have had another one against the Hammers - but referee Phil Dowd waved away prolonged Swansea appeals.
“I always say that the referee and linesmen only have one second to make a decision and it is a very hard job,” he said.
“But the rules are clear when you have an arm up like that. You know if the ball touches you, nine times out of ten it is a penalty.
“The linesman was in the perfect position, and he made lots of other decisions during the game without any problem.
“But we know the relationship between Swansea and penalties is not the best, even if we got one last weekend after 50-something games.
“Not to be funny, but maybe everybody here should buy a T-shirt saying ‘I was there when Swansea got a penalty against Sunderland’.
“We have had penalties against us for things like that - it's a reflex you do as a person because nobody wants the ball in his head - but when you move your arm and it touches it is a penalty.
“Not today. But another day. I think (the officials) said it was not deliberate, which of course it is not.
"No wants to take the ball with his hand. But that doesn’t matter – it is a penalty.”
Laudrup felt Hammers keeper Jussi Jaakelainen was man of the match after big saves denied Chico Flores and Wilfried Bony, yet opposite number Sam Allardyce insisted West Ham should have won.