Southend United boss Phil Brown looks to clarify holding rule with Football League

Phil Brown wants the FA to explain holding rule

Phil Brown wants the FA to explain holding rule

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown is to check with Football League officials after his side’s penalty in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Colchester.

The Shrimpers were awarded a spot-kick against the U’s when a visiting defender was penalised for holding Luke Prosser inside the area when dealing with a set piece.

And Brown now wants to find out if that method of defending, which was seen regularly at the World Cup, has now been outlawed.

“It was a bear hug from their defender really, but we need to know if this type of decision is a directive from the Football League,” said Brown.

“If it is, then I want to be in on it and it’s something I will be asking at the meeting we all have at the start of the season.

“It’s important we understand if that foreign-style of marking at set pieces is not acceptable anymore because if it isn’t then there will be penalties in every game.”

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