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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton rejected Malky Mackay's claim he was prepared to let the Bluebirds score following the late controversy over Leroy Fer's disallowed goal. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, October 28, 2013
Chris Hughton has drawn a line under the controversial disallowed goal episode that marred the Premier League 0-0 draw against Cardiff City - but the Norwich chief rejected claims he had agreed to allow the Bluebirds to score an uncontested equaliser if Leroy Fer’s late strike had been allowed to stand.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay strongly condemned Fer’s decision to roll the ball into an empty net at Carrow Road after his keeper David Marshall had put the ball out of play in stoppage time for injured Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey to receive attention. Mackay questioned Fer’s sportsmanship in his post-match interview, but also insisted Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood had offered to let the visitors score if referee Mike Jones had allowed the goal.
Hughton revealed on Monday morning he had no such conversation with Mackay on the touchline in the aftermath, but the Canaries’ boss confirmed Fer has now been made fully aware there can be no repeat of his actions should the situation arise again.
“No, I didn’t (have a conversation with the Cardiff manager). Possibly he might have spoken to a member of my staff but not to me. I certainly didn’t have a conversation along those lines,” said Hughton, speaking at Colney ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup trip to Manchester United. “That was a hypothetical incident. I want to move on from that. It’s an emotional game. Our concentration is now away from it. I left it behind when I left the changing room at the weekend. Its an issue that has been dealt with.
“I think with Leroy, he is a young lad who has played his football in a different country and a different environment and I think he just got caught up in the moment. It was a fairly frustrating day for us and a game we should and could have won reasonably comfortably if we had converted the amount of efforts we had at goal. There was a little bit of frustration at that stage of the game but he just got carried away. There is no need for me to speak to the team generally on that subject. He is an honest lad and Leroy spoke very honestly and openly after the game. He has certainly been made aware of what we do in this country in those type of circumstances, but he is an honest lad.
“I never saw the referee (after the game). I am waiting for the referee’s reports. He made his decision, I had no problem with that and we move on. The referee’s take on it or at least my understanding of it is that he was still dealing with the Alex Tettey injury situation when the throw-in was taken. I have spoken to the assessor but not the referee and that is the understanding I have.”
Hughton confirmed Tettey (ankle) is a major injury doubt following that crunching collision with Fraizer Campbell in the final moments. Back-up keeper Mark Bunn (wrist) will play if he comes through training successfully before the squad fly up to Manchester on Monday afternoon. Youngster Josh Murphy will also be in the travelling party after his goalscoring senior debut in the previous round’s extra-time win over Watford.