Everton: Fans slam VAR Lee Mason and referee Andy Madley for penalty decision at Brighton & Hove Albion

Everton: Fans slam VAR Lee Mason and referee Andy Madley for penalty decision at Brighton & Hove Albion

Loads of Everton fans have taken to social media to slam referee Andy Madley and Video Assistant Referee Lee Mason for their decision to award Brighton & Hove Albion a penalty on Saturday.

The Toffees travelled to the south coast looking to build momentum having recorded their first win in five Premier League games against West Ham United last week, but failed to record successive top-flight victories for the first time this season.

Seagulls midfielder Pascal Gross opened the scoring for the hosts in the 15th-minute, before an Adam Webster own goal and strike from Dominic Calvert-Lewin overturned Brighton’s early lead.

Neal Maupay would score from the spot six-minutes after second-half substitute Calvert-Lewin made an instant impact, though, when Michael Keane was adjudged to have fouled Aaron Connolly on the advice of VAR Mason.

The decision has not sat well with the Goodison Park faithful, with many feeling the call was an ‘absolute joke’, while some have suggested the review would have ended differently had it been in the opposing area, after incidents involving Richarlison and Theo Walcott were not deemed fouls.

Keane was judged to have fouled Connolly by forcing the Brighton forward to the ground, although Madley pointing to the spot soon received widespread astonishment from those at the Amex Stadium (Guardian).

Former Everton striker Gary Lineker was also left astonished by the call, with the Match of the Day host taking to Twitter like many Toffees fans to share his thoughts.

“VAR hasn’t given a penalty this season, finally gives one to Brighton for next to nothing. The bar that has been at pole vault heights has descended to limbo dancing levels,” he said.

The Goodison Park faithful echoed that sentiment, with many sharing their disagreement…

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