The chief of referees Mike Riley has apologised to West Brom over the award of a penalty for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, according to the Daily Mirror.

The decision came in the fourth minute of added time when West Brom were on the verge of their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1978, before Steven Reid was judged to have fouled Ramires.

The spot kick was then converted by Eden Hazard, who made the score 2-2 and prevented Chelsea from a rare home defeat. 

Baggies manager Steve Clarke told reporters: "We've had a phone call from Mike Riley to apologise. He obviously feels it was the wrong decision. It doesn't get us any more points but it's nice of Mike to phone."

Despite their good start to the season, West Brom have been unlucky with decisions, as it is the second time this month that a referee has apologised.

After a clear penalty wasn't awarded in favour of West Brom against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium last month, Howard Webb was forced to apologise, as he later acknowledged that he had made a mistake.

As the Stoke game ended a goalless draw it is two points that the team were denied, alongside the further two points that Hazard's penalty denied them. It means that the side currently 10th would find themselves on 18 points and not 14, putting them in 9th place. had the errors of judgement not been made.

This caused the club to send a letter to the Premier League and referee's body concerning four penalty decisions this year that have been awarded against West Brom in their opening fixtures, which they feel were poor decisions. 

They will certainly be hoping that their luck with decisions changes on Monday though, as they face a crucial local derby against Aston Villa. The match is further intensified as they sit level on points, in 10th and 11th respectively, meaning more than local pride is at stake. 

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