Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has blasted Cork City for “manufacturing penalties”.
Eight wins from eight leave the Leesiders top of the table with 6 points separating them from Dundalk.
In a piece posted on the club’s website the Dubliner questioned the low number of spot kicks awarded to the SSE Airtricity League Champions :
“To not get a penalty in a full year when another team gets thirteen does that mean I tell our players to go down all the time? I encourage my players to be honest.
“The values that are in the team means that we have won the league three years in a row and we have also won the ‘Fair Play’ award in each of those years.
“We are not going to encourage our players to go down. We have our values. In terms of the manufacturing of penalties the referees have to see through that.
“We have seen with the penalty Cork got against Shamrock Rovers a few weeks ago where Rovers lost 2-1 in Tallaght. That sort of manufacturing of penalties has to be stopped. They are being given too easily.”
Kenny explained the reason for his rant stems from the anniversary of their last penalty. He highlighted the fact in that time, almost a full year, Cork City have been awarded 13 spot kicks.
“It’s a year anniversary this weekend since we had our last penalty kick in the league. We haven’t had a penalty since April 15th last year, which is amazing when you consider that we are the most successful team in the modern era and we dominate the majority of games.
“To not have a penalty in the league in a full calendar year is amazing. We have seen Ciaran Kilduff in Turner’s Cross a couple of weeks ago denied an absolute certain penalty which would have made the game 1-1. We have seen countless other situations in that regard.
“Daryl Horgan will do well for Ireland for Martin O’Neill however an amazing statistic is that in the three years he was at Dundalk is that he was the best dribbler in the league but he never fell for a penalty.
“It’s an amazing statistic and it is hard to believe in that period that Cork City have had THIRTEEN penalties the beginning of last year!
“THIRTEEN penalties. There’s a huge disparity there. Thirteen penalties is outrageous.”