Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored his side’s opener against Hull with his hand
The Chilean’s initial shot bounced back off goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic and onto his hand
Defender Andy Robertson said referee Mark Clattenburg apologised to Hull’s players for allowing Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.
Chile international Sanchez clearly handled the ball into the net in the 34th minute at the Emirates Stadium before sealing victory from the penalty spot in time added on after Tigers midfielder Sam Clucas was sent off for handling on the line.
‘Yeah, it was handball,’ Robertson told Sky Sports 1.
Hull’s Andrew Robertson (right) revealed that Mark Clattenburg apologised at half-time
The referee apologised for awarding the goal as the visitors came out for the second half
‘When we came out at half-time, the referee’s apologised to us and said there was handball so he’s obviously looked at it at half-time and seen he was in the wrong.
‘It happened so quick that it’s a tough one for the ref, you’ve got to kind of feel sorry for him and that, but at the end of the day those decisions don’t really go for you when you come to these big stadiums and that’s killed us at the end of the day because if we go in 0-0 at half-time I think we would have come away with some points.
‘He says he wasn’t 100 per cent sure. Obviously we can argue then that he shouldn’t have given the goal if he wasn’t sure but I think he argued it the other way that if he wasn’t sure then he had to give the goal.
‘That’s the explanation he gave us, obviously not many referees admit they’re wrong so it’s good but it doesn’t make it any better.’
Hull players appealed against the goal but it was allowed to stand by referee Clattenburg
Clattenburg conferred with his assistant referee but still saw fit to award the goal
Sanchez’s goal gave the Gunners a slender lead at the half-time interval
He completed the scoreline in the second half from the penalty spot as Arsenal won 2-0