Avram Grant brands referee Oliver ‘a farce’


West Ham United boss Avram Grant branded the decision to deny his side a late penalty in their 2-2 draw at Birmingham City a 'farce'.

Grant was fuming after seeing Jean Beausejour's tug on Lars Jacobsen's shirt unpunished, with the Irons having earlier thrown away a two-goal lead set up by Frederic Piquionne and Valon Behrami.

He commented:"Harry Redknapp used the word farce about the decisions of a referee and I agree with him.

"The referee was five metres from the incident when the shirt of Lars was pulled and he did not give a penalty.

"I'm very disappointed because this is not the first time it has happened to us. Similar things have happened against Wolves, Stoke, Aston Villa, Bolton and Manchester United.

"What we saw from 50 metres, the referee could see from five metres and he needs to give a penalty. This is a farce.

"Sometimes you don't see things, but this was in front of his eyes. I don't understand why he didn't give a penalty."

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