Officiating frustrates Hughton after Norwich beaten by late Arsenal rally

The Canaries led at the Emirates Stadium through Michael Turner but a penalty given against Kei Kamara for pulling Olivier Giroud's shirt prompted a turnaround for the hosts
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton slammed the standard of officiating after his side lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Michael Turner's goal had given the Canaries the lead but a late turnaround, including a controversial penalty given against Kei Kamara for pulling Olivier Giroud's shirt, saw the hosts steal all three points.

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"My first thought is that it was not a corner in the first place but what I am more aggrieved about is there is contact with Kei but he swivels and plays the ball," the exasperated Hughton told the press.

"You have a linesman who makes a decision from 40 or 50 yards away and the referee who is eight yards away and has the perfect view. Their third goal was also offside.

"I have had a private conversation with the referee but I am still not convinced."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claimed that he had been told that the spot kick, converted by Mikel Arteta to level the scores, was correctly awarded.

"Honestly, I have not seen it but people have told me it was a penalty. Television confirmed the penalty," the Frenchman noted.

"Maybe it was not a corner but they tell me as well it was not a free kick [for Norwich's goal]."