Pratley fumes at assistant ref

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Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley berated assistant referee Amy Fearn for denying his side a penalty in their 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

With the game still goalless, Pratley was fouled by Nick Montgomery as half-time approached but referee Scott Mathieson decided to award a free-kick as he felt the challenge was made outside the area. Pratley's anger was directed towards Fearn as he felt she was well placed to view the incident, yet offered no advice to Mathieson.

"I'm obviously gutted because I believe in the first half it was definitely a penalty," Pratley told the South Wales Evening Post. "I've asked the linesman and she's said she didn't see anything and the referee's given the free-kick."

He added: "She's obviously closer to the incident so she should make a decision. I've just seen it back on the video and you could argue it was on the line but if it's on the line, it's a penalty."

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Darren Pratley
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