A-League: Wellington Phoenix star Louis Fenton blows up over controversial penalty

Wellington Phoenix fullback Louis Fenton has exploded on live television, after his side's controversial 3-2 defeat to Melbourne City in the A-League.

During the second half of their match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, City forward Denis Genreau made a surging run down the left touchline and crossed the ball in towards the penalty box. The ball hit the chest of Fenton, before ricocheting off his arm and going out. 

Referee Ben Abraham, taking charge of his first-ever A-League match, immediately pointed to the penalty spot for a handball.

Despite a plea from Fenton, VAR didn't overturn the decision. 

Craig Noone converted the spot-kick to hand City a 3-1 lead over a deflated 'Nix, who responded with a very late goal to close the match 3-2.

In post-match interview with Fox Sports, Fenton then took aim at the decision.

"It didn't even f*****g hit my hand. It's f****d," Fenton told interviewer Archie Thompson, before storming off and continuing to swear. 

Fenton also earned lots of praise on social media for his outburst. 

Phoenix general manager David Dome tweeted he would issue a 'please explain' to A-League bosses first thing Monday morning.

"​Really pleased with how the team responded tonight in difficult circumstances! But phone call going in Mon to officials boss.

"Not only the pen, but also two rookie officials in charge - one in the middle, one in charge of VAR - at the same time. Why? [sic]."

Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay was furious with the decision, saying it changed the outcome of the game. 

"I thought it came off his body first and, if it's hit his arm after that and in the new laws, they state that if it hits your body first, then it hits your arm - it's accidental, so it's play on.

"But the decision was made and that changed the game."

Earlier, the Phoenix took the lead, when star-signing Gary Hooper scored his first goal for the club, before City hit back with three straight. 

The result leaves the Phoenix winless after four games and sitting last on the A-League standings.

The Phoenix are back in action on Sunday, away to Melbourne Victory, also at AAMI Park. 

Join us at 6pm Sunday for live updates of the Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory A-League clash

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