Ref says sorry for penalty flop

LONDON - Rob Styles has apologised to Liverpool after admitting on Monday that he made a mistake in awarding a penalty to Chelsea during their 1-1 draw at Anfield at the weekend.

LONDON - Rob Styles has apologised to Liverpool after admitting on Monday that he made a mistake in awarding a penalty to Chelsea during their 1-1 draw at Anfield at the weekend.

Styles also caused confusion by appearing to issue a second yellow card to the Blues' Michael Essien.

The match official has accepted he made a mistake in penalising Steve Finnan and as a result he will not be given a match to referee this weekend.

"All referees enter into matches hoping not to make any mistakes but understanding that they may happen, what none of us want is for any mistake to potentially affect the result of the match," said Styles.

"in mistakenly awarding a penalty, I accept that I may have affected the result of the match and for that I apologise."

Styles awarded Chelsea a penalty which enabled them to equalise even though Finnan appeared to make no contact with Florent Malouda.

Referees' chief Keith Hackett said officials had to be accountable for mistakes.

"We have in place systems that will analyse each decision a referee makes. Referees are aware of the accountability that exists," said Hackett. - Sapa-AFP

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