Referee Paul Tierney came under fire after Gabriel Martinelli’s early goal was ruled out during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.
Martinelli thought he’d put his side ahead at Old Trafford as he fired past David de Gea following a swift Gunners move.
The referee was surrounded by Man United players immediately afterwards with Christian Eriksen going down after a challenge from Martin Odegaard moments before the goal.
VAR duly reviewed the decision and advised the man in the middle to look at the incident again on his pitchside monitor.
After much deliberation, Tierney decided Odegaard’s contact on Eriksen was sufficient to disallow the goal, much to the delight of the Red Devils faithful.
However, former Arsenal man Perry Groves was left raging at the decision.
Groves told talkSPORT: “It’s not clear and obvious. Paul Tierney needs to grow a pair, VAR wasn’t brought in for this.”
Meanwhile, Premier League legend Alan Shearer tweeted: “What a load of c**p.”
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Evening Standard journalist Simon Collings later said that Arsenal fans were heard chanting: “He’s one of your own, he’s one of your own, Paul Tierney, he’s one of your own.”
To add insult to injury, Arsenal fell behind on 35 minutes thanks to a debut strike from new Man United man Antony.
Mikel Arteta’s men came out fighting in the second half with Bukayo Saka levelling the scores on the hour.
However, two goals from Marcus Rashford saw the Gunners fall to their first defeat of the season.
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