Sunderland ace Danny Collins was left furious with Steven Taylor after the Newcastle defender won the penalty which helped his side claim a 1-1 draw in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.
The Black Cats took a first-half lead through Djibril Cisse, before Taylor's run into the box when he went down whilst shoulder to shoulder with Steed Malbranque and Howard Webb pointed to the spot.
Replays showed that Webb's decision was generous, but Shola Ameobi made no mistake as he dispatched the spot-kick with great aplomb.
"It's a terrible decision to be honest. Steed sort of stumbled over himself Stevie (Taylor) has gone on another yard and then fallen over," said Collins.
"Damien Duff got booked for diving and he himself said to me, 'It was a worse dive than mine'. He actually said that to me. Perhaps the fact it was a few minutes after the Duff incident swayed him a little bit.
"The referee gave one or two things that were a bit soft in the second half.
"The linesman is on that side and that is where he needs to help the ref out.
"He didn't actually flag. I think he has radioed it into the ref and said it's a pen.
"I said to the linesman afterwards, 'How come you never flagged?' and he said he radioed it to the ref.
"I accepted it at the time because there's a lot of bodies there and I couldn't really see it. But I have since seen it on TV."