Sky Sports broadcaster Jeff Stelling was livid at Lee Mason’s decision not to award Brighton a goal during their 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Stelling livid at decision
Kyle Bartley’s first-half strike gave the Baggies a huge three points in their bid to stay in the Premier League. However, Sam Allardyce’s men rode their luck – the Seagulls missed two penalties and should have been given a goal in the first 45 minutes.
Brighton had a free-kick just outside the area, and Mason blew his whistle to allow the set-piece to be taken while Sam Johnstone was still setting up his wall. Lewis Dunk’s effort flew in, at which point Mason first ruled the goal out, then awarded it, before VAR intervened to once again chalk it off.
On Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, Stelling was livid at the call. He said:
“VAR has given no goal and NOW he’s going to look at the screen!
“This is a total, utter, shameful, disgraceful piece of NONSENSE!”
There is no doubt this was an absolutely appalling decision from Mason. Brighton scored a valid goal in what was a huge clash in the battle for survival, and they will feel incredibly hard done by. The debate about the quality of referees amongst the elite will continue to rage.
Should Dunk's goal have stood?
Allardyce and co, however, will not really be too bothered. Regardless of how they picked up the three points, the win gives them a glimmer of hope of staying up. They must now build on this and earn some more victories between now and the end of the term.
In other news, West Brom fans slammed this man vs Brighton.
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