If Alan Wiley as a former referee thinks the Ashley Young incident was a penalty because there was 'enough contact' that confirms that he is one ex-ref who simply doesn't understand the rules of the game. Football is a contact sport. Under Law 12 a foul is where a player Kicks, Trips, Jumps at, Charges, Strikes, Pushes or Tackles, in a manner that is careless, reckless or uses excessive force. It is also an offence to hold or spit at an opponent, or to handle the ball. Nothing in Rule 12 says that 'contact' is a foul unless it is careless, reckless or excessively forcible. The defender's contact was none of those, and it appeared that the contact was actually by Young on the defender, not the other way around. If that is the best that Alan Wiley can do when he has the benefit of a video to watch, you have to wonder what happened when he was actually in charge of matches. Whistle Blower should sack him and get someone whi is properly capable.
There are plenty of more cynical incidents in the box that deserve penalties. But this was not one of them.
I am not sure at what point the refs, FA and players start to realise that they are losing credability with fans. We all want to see skills with the ball not diving. In fact over exgerated diving that on the local path would get a laugh and a lot of ribbing (p*** take).
When does Ashley Young and others start to feel ridiculed,