UEFA back referee

VIENNA: Polish media vilified referee Howard Webb for his late penalty decision that cost their team victory over Austria at Euro 2008, but UEFA defended the Englishman’s verdict as absolutely correct yesterday.

Webb awarded the stoppage-time penalty after Sebastian Proedl was dragged down by Mariusz Lewandowski. Ivica Vastic converted to earn Austria a 1-1 draw in Thursday’s Group B game.

“We don’t think it’s controversial that when a player is pulled down by the shirt with both hands a penalty is given, there is nothing controversial about that,” UEFA director of communications William Gaillard told a news conference.

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