Aston Villa denied last-gasp penalty in defeat to Brighton after MORE VAR drama with decision to award spot kick quashed after clash between Trezeguet and Solly March
- The VAR drama struck again on Saturday in Aston Villa’s home defeat against Brighton
- The hosts were denied a late penalty, despite the penalty kick initially awarded
- Solly March was considered to have cut Trezeguet in the second half of injury time
- However, Michael Oliver reversed the decision after checking his VAR screen
Aston Villa was denied the opportunity to poach a late equalizer in their defeat to Brighton after a last-gasp penalty decision was controversially overturned.
The hosts were behind in second half injury time, but seemed to have had a golden opportunity to take a point when Solly March was penalized for catching Trezeguet in the box.
However, referee Michael Oliver was advised to check the incident using his VAR screen and promptly dismissed the penalty kick.
Aston Villa saw a late penalty quashed after Solly March tangled with Trezeguet on Saturday
Referee Michael Oliver awarded the penalty kick, but changed his mind after watching the tackle
Reruns of the incident seemed to show March shook the Villa’s ball forward before making clear contact with Trezeguet’s shin.
And since March was supposed to have made contact with the ball first, the penalty decision was dropped.
Brighton managed to cling on and take all three points in Villa Park, their first-ever triumph in the Midlands.
Danny Welbeck scored the opener after an excellent sprint of 40 meters. Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana combined, with the latter passing the striker in his own half.
Trezeguet fell theatrically to the ground after the Brighton man March dangled one leg in the area
However, March’s blush was soon spared when the officer decided to retract his decision
The former Arsenal man kept his composure to take a nimble finish over the onrushing Emiliano Martinez.
Villa then linked the hosts back through Ezri Konsa for 47 minutes. The center-back hit Bertrand Traore’s diabolical free kick on the piece and was diverted to the net.
March, seeing his blush spared from the late drama on the other side, sent a beautiful curly effort into the top corner to restore Brighton’s narrow lead.
Wonderkid Tariq Lamptey, who stood out this season after moving from Chelsea, was fired for two bookable fouls to disrupt Brighton’s success.