I can understand the frustration, but Allardyce's reaction to last night's penalty decisions was extreme. Yes the decision to award the penalty against Spence was stupid, and yes there was more of a case for an award against Rafael, but both decisions against the defender would have been harsh. In neither case was there a deliberate and conscious decision made to control the ball with the arm.
Allardyce, however, has blown a gasket, ranting, "There was no doubt whatsoever about the difference between
Rafael's hand ball and Jordan Spence's. Jordan Spence plays for West Ham
away against Manchester United and Rafael plays at home at Old
Trafford. It's got to be that simple when you see it. Phil Dowd was in
the perfect position. Arm to ball, he [Rafael] pushes the ball away with
his left arm. No penalty. Go the other end and the ball hits Jordan
Spence's hand. If you give one, you have to give them both. Simple as
that. You've seen it for yourself and you can look at the replay as many
times as you want. We have a laptop and code the game. I've looked at
his position for the Rafael one and it is perfect – straight in line
with it, right in front of it. He had a worse position than Jordan
"We are very disappointed we are not given a penalty
which is blatant and clear for the referee to see. He couldn't find the
courage to give it."
I suppose he just about stops short of calling Dowd a cheat, but to term a referee a coward is inviting the ire of the powers that be. Ferguson can march on to the field of play to harangue the officials, but that's different. As Allardyce says, different rules apply to Manchester United!