'Disgusting', 'Unbelievable' - Brighton fans left incensed by 'joke' Lee Mason decision vs West Brom

Brighton fans have taken to Twitter to vent their fury at the shambolic series of events that saw Lewis Dunk have a goal chalked off in the first half of their clash against West Brom on Saturday afternoon.

Joel Veltman, Neal Maupay, and Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion confront Referee Lee Mason. (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)
Joel Veltman, Neal Maupay, and Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion confront Referee Lee Mason. (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)

The Seagulls fell behind to an early header from Kyle Bartley, but thought they had equalised when a quickly taken free-kick from the centre-back caught goalkeeper Sam Johnstone napping.

Confusion then reigned in the aftermath as referee Lee Mason and his VAR team struggled to determine whether or not the official had blown his whistle before or after the ball had been kicked.

After initially appearing to have given the goal, the man in the middle took a long period of deliberation and even went over to his pitchside monitor before disallowing the strike – much to the anger of watching supporters...

@Callumbaker_9 tweeted: “Joke”

@ScotHallBHA tweeted: “What a joke. It's all the refs fault”.

@MichaelNemo89 tweeted: “This is the biggest joke of the season by far. I struggle to think of a decision for any team that has been this bad. VAR and the ref system needs a overhaul”.

@Ben33273117 tweeted: “Ref’s a shambles it’s in the rules the whistle was blown. Disgusting”.

@CmC13579 tweeted: “Unbelievable. unacceptable, embarrassing, should be a goal all day, but Lee Mason interferes and then teases us… Can a ref be sent off? Embarrassing”.

@lemo216 tweeted: “So what mistake was made then exactly that had to be changed by VAR? Did the referee incorrectly blow the whistle? Not blow it long enough? Blew it in the wrong tone? Just another incompetent performance”.

@Connorbhafc tweeted: “Walk off the pitch”.