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Pulis Slams 'cheating' Alexis Sanchez Amid Rodriguez Penalty Row



The West Brom manager was not happy with referee Bobby Madley's officiating in his side's loss to Arsenal on Monday

Tony Pulis accused Alexis Sanchez of diving and insisted Jay Rodriguez should have had a penalty in West Brom's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

A double from Alexandre Lacazette sealed the win for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium and moved them back to within six points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

There was a controversial moment in only the eighth minute when Rodriguez, having been brought down by Shkodran Mustafi in the Arsenal penalty area, got back to his feet and saw a shot tipped onto the post by Petr Cech, before Jake Livermore missed the rebound.

Pulis was far from pleased to see referee Bobby Madley refuse to award a spot-kick and felt Rodriguez was punished for being "honest", given that Sanchez had earlier won a free-kick in a dangerous position after going to ground following minimal contact from Craig Dawson.

"Everybody's seen what happened," the West Brom boss told Sky Sports . "If you want to make an example of something, with Sanchez, the first free-kick he gives on the edge of the box, he should be booked for diving.

"Then you see the tackle in the box on Jay, the referee has got a great view and it's a stonewall penalty.

"It's not only a foul, the player could be sent off as well. So it could be a penalty and them down to 10 men.

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