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Man Utd awarded penalty after FT whistle

Brighton 2-3 Man Utd: Watch as ref awards Red Devils a penalty after blowing for FT

September 26, 2020 By Ali M.
Controversy erupted after the match official awarded Solskjaer's side a penalty despite having blown for full-time.

Man United took on Brighton in the early kick-off on Matchday 3 of the Premier League. Following their 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, the Red Devils were in need of a win and while they came away from it with just that, triumphing 3-2, the Saturday clash turned into a controversial showdown.

Solskjaer's men were unimpressive from the get-go and after 40 minutes, the Seagulls took a deserved lead, scoring via a penalty. Three minutes later, Man Utd found the equalizer and in the 55th minute, they went 2-1 up thanks to a moment of magic from Marcus Rashford. Despite this, the Red Devils had their backs against the ropes for the majority of the game as Graham Potter's men were by far the better side.

The Seagulls hit the post a whopping five times but found the equalizer just before the 95th minute. Given that only five minutes were added, the home side understandably presumed the Solly March header that beat De Gea was enough to earn them a point. Unfortunately, the referee let the game continue, resulting in Man Utd winning a corner. Here's where the controversy began.

The visitor were permitted to take the corner, with Maguire managing to get off a header that was deflected by the hand of Maupay. The ball was eventually cleared and the referee blew for the final whistle but was immediately swarmed by Man Utd players demanding a penalty. A quick look by VAR spotted the incident and the match official was thus called in to review the incident.

Watch the incident unfold (video may be unavailable due to geo-restrictions) 

Chris Kavanagh, who was the ref for the game, restarted the match despite calling for full-time and awarded Solskjaer's side the penalty. Bruno Fernandes stepped up and did what he does best by converting the spot kick, thus winning the match. 

The Brighton players were understandably upset. As for social media, it was set on fire after this controversial decision. Check out the best tweets below.

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