GUNNERS YEARS: Controversial Fowler penalty ends title challenge

1997: Arsenal s title challenge is as good as over after slipping 1-2 at home to Liverpool in controversial fashion. Liverpool, leading through a Stan Collymore goal, are awarded a 65th minute penalty after Robbie Fowler is apparently upended by David Sea

1997:

Arsenal's title challenge is as good as over after slipping 1-2 at home to Liverpool in controversial fashion.

Liverpool, leading through a Stan Collymore goal, are awarded a 65th minute penalty after Robbie Fowler is apparently upended by David Seaman. Fowler admits he wasn't touched, but referee Gerald Ashby points to the spot.

"I didn't touch him," said Seaman, who saved Fowler's effort only for Jason McAteer to tuck in the rebound. "Robbie said as much as he got up. All I can say is that I told the truth, Robbie told the truth, but it did no good at all."

Ian Wright scores a late consolation but new boss Arsene Wenger admits: "The referee took a wrong decision -that's football and it eliminates our chance of the championship."

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