Former ref Graeme Poll reckons Ross Barkley fooled Mark Clattenburg with a clear dive yesterday.
He claimed he went down without contact from Kevin Nolan and although he says the blame lies with the player Clattenburg will be cross with himself for “being conned.”
He also believes that Clattenburg’s apparent policy of non intervention allowed the heat to rise again by failing to award Kevin Mirallas a free kick. The angry Everton man then chased back and chopped Amalfitano down – a clear caution.
He said: “Before Clattenburg could issue a card, Tomkins pushed Mirallas who responded by shoving him back.
“Both players clearly pushed each other in the chest but embarrassingly Tomkins went down holding his face, simulating where contact had occurred. Both men were fortunate to escape with yellow cards.