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One paper, I think it was the Telegraph looked at 14 debatable decisions given at OT and found that 7 went for utd and 7 went the way of the opposition. Surely if utd were getting more than the normal rub of the green we would see the majority of decisions going their way.
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If that is accurate, and if the season finished with all teams in the same positions in both tables, then the two hard done by clubs would be Chelsea (missing out on CL) and Wigan (being relegated).
However, although the aim is laudable the data is always going to be dodgy. Many penalty decisions are unclear even when you examine them from twenty seven different slow motion angles. It's easy to spot a blatantly bad decision but most wrong decisions will be close.
There is one interesting conclusion from the table though. Broadly speaking all the teams in the top half should have more points and all the teams in the bottom half fewer points. Rather than suggesting a bias against better teams that suggests to me that refereeing reluctance to give penalties hits the better team more as it will generate more incidents in the penalty area.
The Mail disagreed. Take a look below in the link:
"The 10 dodgiest penalties awarded at Old Trafford - and, surprise surprise, each one went Manchester United's way."
Not surprised at all by their findings.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1173959/The-10-dodgiest-penalties-awarded-Old-Trafford--surprise-surprise-went-Manchester-Uniteds-way.html#ixzz1qX29fxnq