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Premier League stand by Hull penalty decision

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  • Premier League reject Hull's claims over overturned penalty in defeat to Aston Villa
  • Referee Steve Bennett changed his mind after giving Hull a penalty for handball
  • Hull claimed Bennett had received advice from a official who had seen TV replay
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(CNN) -- The Premier League have dismissed claims by Hull that TV replays had a part to play in Steve Bennett's decision to overturn a penalty he awarded to them in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Hull manager Phil Brown (far right) is restrained by fourth official Howard Webb during the penalty incident.

Hull manager Phil Brown (far right) is restrained by fourth official Howard Webb during the penalty incident.

Hull believed they had been given a late lifeline by Bennett as they trailed Villa 1-0 at the KC Stadium.

The referree pointed to the spot in stoppage time for an apparent handball by Ashley Young, but he changed his mind following furious protests by Villa players and after consulting his assistant Andy Halliday.

Replays showed that the ball had actually struck the crossbar and not England international Young's raised arm.

But Hull called for an investigation after claiming that a third party, having seen the video replay, could have influenced Bennett and his assistant via their earpieces.

A Premier League spokesman told Press Assocation on Thursday that this had not happened.

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  • "(Referees chief) Keith Hackett has spoken to Steve Bennett and the other match officials and what is absolutely clear is the decision was made between the assistant referee and the referee."

    Hull manager Phil Brown was unhappy with the decision as his team suffered a third straight league defeat.

    "You look at people's body languages and you look at the linesman, who was less than a yard away from Steve Bennett, and he wasn't talking to him - but he was listening to something," he claimed.

    Meanwhile as the transfer window opened on Thursday, Brown said he was interested in signing out of favor Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant as he looks to bolster his squad for the second half of the Premier League season.

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