Sporting Lisbon requests Schalke rematch over controversial penalty

Friday October 24th, 2014

Sporting Lisbon has lodged a protest to UEFA after losing Tuesday's Champions League match against Schalke on a controversial penalty during extra time, BBC Sport reports.

Sporting's Jonathan Silva was called for a hand ball, and Schalke's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored on the penalty shot. Replays, however, show Silva hit the ball with his head, not his arm, and Sporting has requested either a rematch or to be awarded a draw.

Despite playing with 10 men following Maurício's red card in the 33rd minute, Sporting came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the match.

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In a statement on the team's website, Schalke said it will weigh in on the dispute.

FC Schalke 04 have been asked by UEFA to give a statement and it will be made shortly under consideration of the protection of the club's interests. 

The win gave Schalke a four-point lead over Maribor for second place in Group G behind Chelsea, while Sporting remained in last place with one point.

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