Twitter fuming as Fulham have onside goal disallowed… and Mo Salah scores just 13 seconds later

FULHAM were left fuming when Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to have given Fulham a shock lead at Anfield.

Aleksandar Mitrovic found space inside the box and headed in Tom Cairney’s cross past Alisson.

Aleksandar Mitrovic thought he had given Fulham the lead at Anfield
Aleksandar Mitrovic thought he had given Fulham the lead at Anfield
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The Cottagers striker was adjudged to have been offside when Tom Cairney's cross came in
The Cottagers striker was adjudged to have been offside when Tom Cairney’s cross came in
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But linesman Adrian Holmes’ flag went up even though the Serbian striker appeared to be played onside by Andrew Robertson – but it was incredibly tight.

To make matters worse, Liverpool took a quick free-kick, Trent Alexander-Arnold fed Mohamed Salah and the Egyptian raced clear to find the net and open the scoring just 13 SECONDS later.

In the BT Sport studio at half-time, pundits Michael Owen and Mark Schwarzer could not agree.

Former Reds striker Owen said: “If you want the letter of the law, I think he is offside.”

Mitrovic found himself in bags of space before thundering a powerful header past Alisson
Mitrovic found himself in bags of space before thundering a powerful header past Alisson
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The former Newcastle star made the perfect contact and gave the Brazilian goalkeeper no chance
The former Newcastle star made the perfect contact and gave the Brazilian goalkeeper no chance
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But ex-Fulham goalkeeper Schwarzer said: “I don’t think he is offside but it’s such a difficult call.

“It’s so quick, the linesman’s not in line, [Andre] Schurrle is blocking him off. I think he’s had a guess.”

It is yet another controversial refereeing decision in the Premier League this weekend after Charlie Austin’s disallowed goal for Southampton and Sol Bamba escaping without a booking for taking his shirt off in celebration.

And it raises the debate over the introduction of VAR once again.

He made no mistake and slotted home just 13 seconds after Mitrovic's goal was ruled out
He made no mistake and slotted home just 13 seconds after Mitrovic’s goal was ruled out
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Owen added: “Until we get it we’re going to have these conversations every single weekend.

“You can forgive the linesman. I think hes’s just offside personally but Mark disagrees.”

Schwarzer said: “VAR is not going to eliminate everything is going to reduce the number of mistakes.”

And Twitter was quick to chip in with their own criticisms.

One user, @MathieuLcz, said: “Mitrovic onside… Hello VAR!”

While @Wheddsta added: “Atrocious officiating AGAIN. Mitrovic was onside. Fulham should be 1-0 up. Awful. You’re an embarrassment @FA”

 

 

 

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