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385SPORTS.COM: Smalling in ‘disbelief’ after bizarre handball costs Roma

Posted On Friday, 25 October 2019 01:18 Written by 385sports.com, Latest Sports News
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The centre-back was left dumbfounded by the decision, which led to a late equaliser

Chris Smalling has admitted that he was left in “disbelief” by the decision to award a handball against him in the closing stages of Roma‘s Europa League 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The centre-back, currently in his first season with the Serie A club, was penalised for an incident in injury-time in the box by referee Willie Collum.

Lars Stindl tucked away the spot-kick to cancel out Nicolo Zaniolo’s first half effort in the 95th minute at Stadio Olimpico, leaving Paulo Fonseca’s side with only a slim lead at the top of Group J.

However, replays have shown that Smalling was struck in the face with the ball rather than his hand or arm, leading to widespread furore with VAR not being used in the competition until the final.

The Manchester United loanee and one-time England man took to social media after the match to vent his frustrations following the bizarre decision and crucial officiating mistake.

“[I’m in] disbelief that this decision went against us,” he wrote, along with a clip of the incident. “We deserved the [three] points, so disappointed.”

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