Norwich City boss Alex Neil rules out ref justice after Leicester City spot kick controversies
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Alex Neil is not feeling persecuted after Norwich City were on the wrong end of some contentious penalty calls in a 2-1 Premier League defeat to Leicester City.
England international Jamie Vardy slotted the Foxes' fourth spot kick of the new campaign after tumbling under the attentions of Seb Bassong. The Canaries have yet to be awarded a penalty this season and saw two strong claims waved aside by high profile official Mark Clattenburg.
Neil, however, insists there is no hidden agenda.
'No, I think it is based on each incident, it shouldn't be a case of Norwich have not had one yet so we should maybe give them one,' he said. 'I think we potentially had one when the ball gets crossed into Cameron Jerome and I felt someone was holding him down but I am not complaining about penalties for or against.
'The fact is the way Leicester play with that counter-attacking style, they are expansive and put you in those situations. It was something we had spoken about before the game, the fact they had the highest penalty ratio in the league, we highlighted that but we couldn't stop it.'
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Neil felt Vardy's cunning earned the Foxes a penalty.
'Watching it in real-time I thought the player played for it,' he said. 'It is a hard one to call. He has stopped his body and gone down, which you could argue is good striking play from their point of view, but for us it is about losing a slack ball in the middle of the park. That was unnecessary and that is what cost us.'
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