Having holidayed 3 seasons (across 3 different saves), I have noticed the number of penalties awarded is very low.
Using the premier league as the example, but the same was found in all other leagues loaded.
Season A: 33 total - Liverpool most with 4
Season B: 26 total - Liverpool most with 4
Season C: 29 total - Aston Villa & Brighton tied on 4
Statistics from the PL in real life generally show 80-100 penalties awarded per season.
This might explain why players like Harry Kane rarely manage to hit 20+ goals in the league, due to the fact these chances