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14 Jul, 2009 11:02

Controversy over ref mistake to create precedent in Premier League

Controversy over ref mistake to create precedent in Premier League

FC Moscow and Zenit may have to revisit their Russian football rivalry from this past weekend after a mistaken call by the referee. Eduard Maly admitted he had messed up a penalty call in the Moscow side's 1-0 loss.

The moment in question came in the 75th minute following a foul by Zenit's Pavel Pogrebnyak when the St Petersburg men were 1-0 up.

Aleksandr Samedov misfired from the spot, but the rebound went to Aleksandr Sheshshukov who appeared to have slotted home. However, Maly judged that a player had entered the box before the penalty was taken, and ruled a free kick to Zenit.

A re-take of the penalty must be awarded in that situation, according to the rulebook.

The Muscovites have filed a complaint and are adamant the match must be replayed. If this happens, it will be the first replay in Premier League history.