Brighton captain Lewis Dunk known as on referee Lee Mason to withstand the press and clarify his ‘horrendous’ choice to rule out his objective in opposition to West Brom.
After Kyle Bartley’s early opener within the essential Premier League basement battle, Dunk thought he had levelled for the Seagulls within the first half when he netted a quickly-taken free-kick.
But it surely sparked weird scenes, as Mason disallowed it, then modified his thoughts and gave it – just for VAR to intervene and the objective lastly dominated out in spite of everything.
Brighton went on to lose the match 1-0, as they squandered two penalty kicks – with Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck each hitting the woodwork.
However all of the speak after the match was centred on Mason, with Dunk raging on the choice to chalk his objective off and questioning why the official wasn’t made to clarify his actions.
“It’s embarrassing, it’s a horrendous choice,” stated Dunk.
“I stated to the referee, ‘can I take it?’ He blew his whistle and I took it.
“Why doesn’t he come and communicate to the press like me? By no means, they cover behind their bubble.
“I don’t assume he knew what he was doing. He gave the objective. Why did he give it? I don’t know why VAR was getting concerned.”
Requested if Mason misplaced management of the sport, Dunk replied: “Yeah he did. Reality.”
Brighton boss Graham Potter remained calm however insisted he had little concept why the objective was disallowed.
He added: “I’m nonetheless not clear what the second whistle was for. I requested why he was OK to blow within the first place to permit the short one. It’s irritating.
“So far as I do know Lewis Dunk requested to take the free-kick rapidly and the referee stated sure. In between that, there was one other whistle. I don’t know what that whistle was for.
“The confusion is on the pitch and it will get worse when somebody exterior this space is making the selections.”
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce, in the meantime, was relieved to be on the best finish of the controversial name.
Allardyce stated: “It’s an enormous slice of luck in our favour. You want a little bit of luck in life if you’re going to succeed.
“I really feel the referee has far too many guidelines and laws to stick to. That causes confusion. I don’t assume the referees are allowed to exit with a transparent thoughts.
“The pure solution to play soccer or referee a sport is with a transparent thoughts and I don’t assume referees immediately are allowed to have a transparent thoughts to only referee how they really feel.
“Not this ever-extending variety of guidelines they preserve altering and including on.”
The Premier League later moved to clarify Mason’s choice to rule out the objective.
A press release learn: “The referee blows the whistle, sees the keeper isn’t prepared, rapidly blows it once more… and since the ball hadn’t crossed the road when he blew that second whistle, VAR can intervene… he tells the referee that it hadn’t gone in, and they also restarted with the free kick being retaken.”