Brighton vs Man United rival fans react to late penalty drama: Bitter Gulls over salt their chip

Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion were embroiled in a dramatic Premier League match down on the south coast earlier this afternoon in a game which saw five goals including two late penalties.

Graham Potter’s Brighton took the lead late in the first-half through a Neil Maupay penalty. The French striker stepped up and channelled his inner Andreas Pirlo before delightfully chipping the ball past David De Gea in a ‘panenka’ style spot-kick.

The Reds fired back almost immediately after captain Harry Maguire poked the ball home from close range just before the end of the first-half.

Despite a largely disappointing first 45-minutes United came out after the break much the better side and soon took the lead after a stunning solo effort from forward Marcus Rashford.

As the game reached it’s latter stages the game began to turn in Brighton’s favour, despite hitting the woodwork a total of four times throughout the course of the game, the Seagulls finally managed to pull themselves back level after wide-man Solly March tucked the ball in the back of the net in the 95th-minute.

The game looked almost certain to finish 2-2 with just seconds left on the clock.

With the whistle to the ref’s mouth, Maguire rose highest in the Brighton box and headed an effort goal-bound only to be denied by goalscoring hero March right on the line.

As the ref blew for final time VAR intervened and advised him to go and check the pitch-side monitors because ‘panenka’ hero Maupay had appeared to handled Maguire’s effort.

Upon closer inspection the referee agreed and a 100th-minute penalty was eventually awarded.

The correct decision was made, no doubt about that, but confusion set in among rivals fans because the referee appeared to blow his whilst before awarding a penalty.

Although rare, not against the rules, as sport businessman Dave Phillips kindly cleared up for us.

In light of the dramatic end to today’s game, rival fans took to their social media to spread their saltiness far and wide – You just love to see it.

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