Molina: I saw it wasn’t a penalty

Real Betis forward Jorge Molina says the assistant referee had to see a penalty was wrongly awarded to Rubin Kazan on Thursday.

Betis and Kazan drew 1-1 in the Europa League with a controversially given spot kick bringing about the Russians’ away goal.

Didac Villa had put Betis in front before Belgian referee Serge Gumienny pointed to the spot despite Lolo Reyes’ challenge appearing to be outside the penalty area.

Molina, a Betis substitute, was warming up at the time and told reporters after the match that the assistant referee had the same view he did.

“Everyone can see it was outside the area,” Molina said.

“The linesman must have seen it because he was right in front of me when I was warming up and I saw it wasn’t a penalty.”

Molina did however compliment Rubin’s tactics, admitting Betis found it difficult to mount attacks.

“The draw for Rubin is a very good result. They sat back and made it difficult for us to break through their lines.

“We wanted to get the win for the fans but we were unable to do it.”

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