July 27, 2021

Brighton wing-back Solly March said his side were the victims of the Premier League’s latest “random decision” as a video assistant referee-awarded penalty consigned them to defeat against Southampton.

The Saints player’s momentum from the challenge outside the penalty area carried him forward as the players tangled and tumbled into the box. Referee David Coote initially awarded the visitors a free-kick but despite multiple camera angles appearing inconclusive his decision was overturned – allowing Danny Ings to score from the spot.

“It is just consistency, I don’t think there is any,” said March. “It is just random decisions that I don’t think the people who play football would give, but I don’t want to say much.”

In a statement the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said the referee review area was not used in this case as it was a “factual decision”.

Kyle Walker-Peters tangles with Solly March
Brighton’s Premier League games have produced a total of 10 penalties this season (five won, five conceded), more than any other side
Former Blackburn and Celtic forward Chris Sutton called it a “disgraceful” decision on BBC Radio 5 Live.

However, Seagulls boss Graham Potter played the incident down in his post-match comments and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said the match officials had made a “relatively clear” decision.

Brighton had impressed in the early stages of an entertaining contest and deservedly went ahead when Pascal Gross converted a penalty after a handball from Saints captain James Ward-Prowse.

Ward-Prowse made amends with a pinpoint delivery from a corner that saw Jannik Vestergaard equalise with a powerful header into the top-left corner.

Ings, returning after a month out with a knee injury and on as half-time substitute, completed Southampton’s comeback to lift them up to fifth in the table. Brighton stay 16th.

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