Last Updated: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:33
Sam Allardyce has risked the wrath of the FA after slamming referee Phil Dowd over two debatable penalty decisions at Old Trafford.
West Ham believe they should have been awarded a penalty when the ball struck Rafael's arm in the United penalty area but the ref waved play on and their anger was compounded later in the match when the ball similarly hit Jordan Spence's arm in the West Ham box and the penalty was duly given.
Allardyce says the only difference between the two incidents was that Rafael plays for the home side Utd and Spence for the away team, who he believes do not get penalties at Old Trafford.
"You see it time and time again at Old Trafford," Allardyce said at full-time.
"There's no doubt about the difference between Rafael's handball and Jordan Spence's.
"Spence plays for West Ham and the away team, while Rafael plays for the home side at Old Trafford."
With Rafael, the ball hits his hand but no penalty is given. With Jordan Spence, the ball hits his hand and it's a penalty. The incidents are the same. If you give one you've got to give both, simple as that."
The Hammers went on to lose the match and end their interest in this season's FA Cup.
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