Sheffield Wednesday fans fume at controversial offside decision in Brighton play-off clash


If Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton thought having Premier League referee Andre Marriner overseeing their Championship Play-off game might reduce any potential controversy, they were wrong.

Sheffield Wednesday appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead in the first leg at Hillsborough when Fernando Forestieri had the ball in the back of the net after 19 minutes - but it was belatedly disallowed for offside.

The Italian was in an offside position when Keiren Westwood booted the ball upfield, but was back onside when Gary Hooper appeared to flick the ball on.

Replays suggested the former Celtic man did not get a touch, so the decision was correct - but the fact the assistant referee Darren Cann didn't seem to raise his flag created a world of confusion.

It left Wednesday fans very angry.

Outside of Sheffield, not many people could see what all the fuss was about.

Whatever the rights or wrongs, one person came up with the perfect solution.

But it didn't matter much anyway - Wednesday were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to Ross Wallace's goal.