Parramatta Eels winger Blake Ferguson slammed for appearing to milk a penalty in semi-final against Penrith Panthers

Blake Ferguson copped a slamming during Parramatta’s semi-final loss to Penrith for appearing to milk a penalty, with the veteran Eels winger remaining down following what looked like an innocuous crusher tackle.

Referee Ashley Klein awarded the Eels a penalty when Ferguson stayed down after a Mitch Kenny tackle in the 45th minute of the Stadium Mackay clash.

And not only did the crusher tackle appear very minor, suspicion grew when Ferguson sprung off the ground as soon as the referee blew his whistle to award the penalty.

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Ferguson fired up at Kenny and an all-in scuffle broke out, before replays triggered backlash from Nine’s commentators.

“The crusher tackle wasn’t as serious as he was making it out to be,” Eels legend Peter Sterling said.

“It’s a bad look.”

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Caller Mat Thompson added: “That is ridiculous.”

Sterling said: “That’s not a penalty.”

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Storm icon Cameron Smith thought Ferguson had pulled off a brilliant acting performance.

“There wasn’t much in that one, boys,” Smith said.

“I think Fergy milked that a beauty.

“But I’ll tell ya what: the emotions are high between these two football sides.”

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