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Cooper Defends Pools Star James

6 October 2013

Colin Cooper has insisted there is “not a chance” that Luke James dived seeking a penalty during the win at Mansfield Town and believes Pools should definitely have been awarded a spot-kick.

The Pools striker was denied a penalty when he turned neatly in the area and seemed to go down under a challenge – and to rub salt in to the wounds, the referee not only waved the claims away, but then booked the 18-year-old for simulation.

It’s the second game in a row that Pools have had a player cautioned for the same offence after Jack Compton’s dubious late booking against Oxford – and Cooper says Saturday’s ref needs to look again at the incident.

“I firmly believe we’ve had a stone wall penalty turned down and Luke James has been booked for diving,” Cooper told Pools Player. 

“I’ve said to the referee again, look at the KMIs (Key Match Incidents) and you’ve got them wrong. 

“Luke, I thought, was pulled, fouled, pushed, kicked and maintained his dignity if you like and got booked for diving. 

“I mean, come on, the lad has been battered from pillar to post and he’s been booked for diving. Not a chance.”

See the full video interview with Colin Cooper right now only on Pools Player.

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