Peter Walton’s view on Barca pen has United fans saying he’s ‘stealing a living’

Manchester United fans have claimed that Peter Walton is 'stealing a living' after he defended the referee's decision on Thursday evening.

Bruno Fernandes appeared to pull down Barcelona's Alejandro Balde in the opening stages of their Europa League second leg, leading Clement Turpin to award a penalty. However, replays showed the decision looked soft, with Balde hitting the deck under minimal contact.

Walton explained, on BT Sport, that Turpin had awarded the penalty due to the 'length of time he had hold of his arm'. And Walton's explanation hasn't gone too well with United fans on social media.

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One fan fumed: "Peter Walton’s stealing a living you know, most pointless job in the world!"

"I don’t think I've ever heard Peter Walton disagree with any decisions made by referees pointless going to hear his input really," a second added. While a third tweeted: Peter Walton is the biggest jobsworth ever omg!"

And a fourth fumed: "Let’s cut to the voice of Peter Walton who’s never disagreed with an on-field decision in his life. Thanks for that Peter.

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Paul Scholes agreed with Walton at half-time, noting that even that minimal contact can make a player lose their balance.

Robert Lewandowski was the man to take the penalty, and after an unconventional run-up, the Polish striker tucked the ball home – despite David De Gea getting a big hand to the strike.

The strike nudged Barcelona ahead in the tie – after the pair had played out a classic at the Camp Nou.


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