A Brighton & Hove Albion fan has taken his anger to extremes by asking the Premier League to overturn the decision to grant Manchester United a penalty after the final whistle in their 3-2 loss on Saturday.
United won the game at Amex Stadium with a penalty from Bruno Fernandes in the 100th minute after Neal Maupay was penalized for handball after a VAR check after the final whistle.
Scoring a penalty in the 100th minute after the final whistle has already passed to win a game they deserve to lose is most of what has ever happened to Man Utd in Man Utd history.
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A Seagulls fan, Paul Anthony Soh, went to Change.org to express his frustrations with the incident and urged officials to reverse the decision.
“In all fairness, Brighton was the better side and by all rights they deserve to get away with something,” he wrote.
“Then, after the final whistle, a full three to four minutes later, much later, the VAR kicked in, which I think is completely absurd. United were awarded the penalty well after the final whistle, which is more than ridiculously unfair for Brighton. “
Soh added: “We urge and urge the FA Premier League to lift the VAR penalty imposed on Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes and to completely rewrite the rules not to make a VAR decision after the final whistle.”
Another fan who signed the petition described the incident as “an utterly disgusting mess” while another said, “It’s not that simple.”
At the time of writing, the petition has only garnered 10 signatures, so it seems like other fans are recognizing the fruitlessness of such an action, even if they feel badly done too.
Another fan, John Simons, is the only supporter to provide a signature on his petition that Chris Kavanagh will never again direct a game in Brighton.
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Brighton seemed to have saved a more than deserved point from the game when Solly March went home in the 94th minute.
The hosts, consistently excellent, hitting the woodwork five times, broke the impasse with a Maupay penalty in the 40th minute after Fernandes fouled Tariq Lamptey, but the two sides were in three minutes after a Lewis Dunk own goal immediately after the break.
Marcus Rashford shot United with ten minutes remaining in the second half before March believed he’d drawn a late-night draw.
In a final corner for United, March headed Harry Maguire off the line.
Kavanagh whistled immediately afterwards, but a VAR check revealed that the ball had hit Maupay’s arm on the way, so Fernandes restarted the game to score the penalty.
“We got away with one,” said Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of the game.
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