EPL: A controversial penalty award helps Man Utd defeat Brighton

The first win of the 2020/2021 season for Manchester United has been recorded, thanks to a controversial late penalty against Brighton FC.

The Red Devils as Man Utd is popularly called looked to have dropped two points at the Amex Stadium, after Solly March made it 2-2 in stoppage time.

But United responded with one last wave of attack and earned a corner kick. Bruno Fernandes cross found Harry Maguire at the far post and he directed his header towards goal.

The flight of the ball was altered by the flailing arm of Neal Maupay, but the full-time whistle had blown before the danger had been cleared by March, standing on his own goalline.

Maguire appealed and referee Chris Kavanagh checked the pitchside monitor, despite having already signalled the end of a dramatic contest.

Kavanagh quickly spotted Maupay’s offence and awarded the penalty, which Bruno Fernandes tucked away.

According to former Premier League official, Peter Walton, it was the correct decision.

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“The referee has got it right. I haven’t seen that before. In the laws of the game the only thing that the referee can extend the game for after the final whistle is the taking of the penalty kick.

“In this instance, the incident took place before he blew the final whistle so the VAR was going through his process of checking to make sure there was nothing untoward.

“Chris Kavanagh blew his final whistle, however, the incident happened just before the final whistle and was allowed within law, and as I’ve said because the penalty was yet to be taken the referee within law has to allow time for the kick to be taken,” Walton said according to the UK Metro.

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