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Sport Brighton and Hove Albion have goal disallowed by VAR despite referee Lee Mason allowing free kick against West Brom

03:31  28 february  2021
03:31  28 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The referee , Lee Mason , appeared to be as confused as the players during a three-minute period in which the teams took turns to argue their case with the official, who ultimately needed assistance from VAR to explain what he had done. It transpired that Mason had blown his whistle to indicate that Brighton It has been a chastening month for Mason , who was stood down earlier in February after being the VAR official when red cards were issued to West Ham’s Tomas Soucek and Southampton’s Jan Bednarek before being rescinded later. The free - kick fiasco was not the first contentious decision

Minute-by-minute report: Brighton missed two penalties and had a goal disallowed as they lost at West Brom , while the Championship averaged 3.1 goals per madcap match. The referee , Lee Mason , appeared to be as confused as the players during a three-minute period in which the teams took turns to argue their case with the official, who ultimately needed assistance from VAR to explain what he had done.

An English Premier League referee's performance has been labelled "embarrassing" after he allowed a free kick that led to a goal, then disallowed the goal, then allowed it again before the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) stepped in.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Lewis Dunk said referee Lee Mason's decision in their 1-0 Premier League loss at West Bromwich Albion was "horrendous".

Down a goal after 11 minutes, Dunk netted in the first half with a quick free kick that caught out West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, but Mason denied the goal before reversing his decision, only for VAR to intervene and disallow Brighton's equaliser for good.

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However, referee Lee Mason disallowed the goal as the Brighton players started to celebrate, but then changed his mind and allowed the goal . Then, after a check from VAR , the goal was once again disallowed , leaving everyone totally baffled about what had happened. Lee Mason has disallowed a goal , then given a goal , then disallowed a goal . Best, confused of Leicester.' Later he added: ' Brighton are very, very good at dominating without scoring. So good they don't score even when they score.'

Referee Lee Mason has been slammed as a "f*cking disgrace" after he flip-flopped on a decision to award a goal after Brighton 's Lewis Dunk found the net with a quick free - kick in Saturday's game with West Brom . But somewhat predictably, and amid the ongoing concerns in some quarters as to VAR 's influence on the English game, many football fans and figures within the sports have taken to social media to express their confusion at what they see as the renegade refereeing on show at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

As the free kick was getting lined up, Mason was standing right next to Dunk, who said he asked the referee if he could take the free kick and that was when Mason blew his whistle.

Dunk poked the ball into the bottom right corner, but Mason blew his whistle again as the ball was crossing the line, prompting Brighton players to surround him.

After appearing to get word through his earpiece, Mason then awarded the goal, before going to VAR, which overturned the decision.

The league said the referee's decision was overturned as he had blown his whistle a second time before the ball had crossed the line.

"It's embarrassing, it's a horrendous decision. I said to the referee, 'Can I take it?' He blew his whistle and I took it. Just because there was so much pressure from the bench," Dunk told Sky Sports.

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Ayew's disallowed goal was the seventh scored against United this season to be disallowed . That is the same number as Brighton and Southampton with everyone else profiting less. Against Liverpool in October, Sadio Mane saw a goal ruled out for handball, while in the reverse fixture at Anfield in January Roberto Firmino saw a goal chalked off after David de Gea was fouled by Virgil van Dijk. In United's win over Chelsea in February, the Blues saw two goals disallowed by VAR - Kurt Zouma's goal was ruled out after Cesar Azpilicueta fouled Brandon Williams.

BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion 0 West BromWest Bromwich Albion 0. And before that referee Lee Mason had consulted with VAR when Brighton 's Anthony Knockaert went over after squeezing between two West Brom defenders in the area. Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, West Bromwich Albion 0. Jonathan Leko ( West Bromwich Albion ) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

"Why doesn't he come and speak to the press like me? Never, they hide behind their bubble.

"I don't think he knew what he was doing. He gave the goal, why did he give it? I don't know why VAR was getting involved, he said 'goal' … you can look on the video if you want."

Dunk can likely expect a fine, similar to one received by Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espírito Santo in January.

After a 2-1 loss to Burnley, Santo said Mason was not up to Premier League standard and it cost him 25,000 pounds.

"The referee doesn't have quality to whistle a game in the Premier League," he said.

"It's not about the crucial mistakes or the decisions, it's about the way he handles the game. He whistles by the voices [of players], when some players shout.

"He cannot control the players."

Brighton boss Graham Potter said his side did not help their own cause by missing two penalties, although the decisions of the officials became the talking point at the Hawthorns.

"The confusion is on the pitch and it gets worse when someone outside this area is making the decisions," Potter said.

"It is what it is. We've not helped ourselves with the two penalties so I cannot put it all down to that (disallowed goal)."

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