June 23, 2024

The English Football League has acknowledged that Stevenage was not given a “clear and obvious penalty” in Reading’s 1-0 victory on Tuesday, according to Stevenage manager Steve Evans.

On the evening, the former manager of Rotherham United and Leeds United was incensed with referee Paul Howard, as promotion-chasing Boro felt unfairly treated on two calls.

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But Ruben Selles’ club managed an own goal and a resolute defense to secure a crucial victory and escape the relegation zone.

Speaking two days after the incident, Evans disclosed that he had since communicated with EFL officials.

“I had a chat with the referee who was absolutely adamant, as he should be, that they were not penalties,” he told the journalists at the club. “When he came home and looked at them over his Frosties, I don’t believe he was that into it.

“I believe that because he was shellshocked, his Frosties may have been partially up his nose and partially in his mouth.

We sent tapes to the EFL on Wednesday morning, and I’ve always said that when you work with Mike Jones, Steve Dunn, and Paul Taylor—three great men with a lot of experience officiating—you get back their whole honesty and integrity.

“I’ll just go over the email’s opening paragraph, which stated that at 41 minutes, there is no question that a handball occurred and that it was a penalty. We were unable to understand.”

In August, Reading defeated 10-man Boro 1-0 to complete a league double over a team for the first time in more than a year.

After the Royals were demoted to League One, the 32-year-old signed a contract with the Hornets for a meager £50,000 in the summer.

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Son of former manager Paul Ince, a Championship mainstay with teams like Blackpool, Derby County, and Stoke City, won Player of the Season in 2022–2023 with nine goals in 39 games.

This season, the winger has made 20 appearances for Valerian Ismael’s team, but he has only started eight games and hasn’t played off the bench since November.

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