Sheffield Wednesday defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 on Friday night.
Former referee Howard Webb has taken to social networking site Twitter to take aim at a number of Sheffield Wednesday fans who abused the officials during Friday night’s playoff encounter with Brighton.
The Owls took one big step towards a playoff final place at Wembley after they impressively downed an injury-ravaged Brighton side 2-0 in.front of a packed Hillsborough crowd.
The game had plenty of moments of controversy, no more so than when Fernando Forestieri thought he had put Wednesday ahead only for the goal to be ruled out via an extremely late offside call.
Replays clearly showed Forestieri was a good ten yards offside, yet play continued with the linesman seemingly unaware that no touch had been taken following Kieran Westwood’s long clearance.
The home supporters were also unaware, and they vented their anger at the officials with resounding boos and the odd objects thrown from the stands - an action Webb has highly condemned on Twitter.
Brilliant decision by Darren Cann to disallow goal in #SWFCvBHAFC last night.Involved teamwork too to be sure Hooper hadn't touched the ball— Howard Webb (@HowardMWebb) May 14, 2016
Maybe people see it as part of the job, but what a shame officials are abused like last night #swfc when they make brilliantly correct calls— Howard Webb (@HowardMWebb) May 14, 2016
And last night's might have looked wrong in real time, but right or wrong coins and bottles thrown at the assistant referee is crazy— Howard Webb (@HowardMWebb) May 14, 2016
There is no denying that the incident was controversial, yet replays showed it to be a brilliant decision by the officials and they wrongly became the subject of the frustration within Hillsborough.
That said, the Wednesday players soon brushed the incident aside and deservedly took the lead just before half-time, with Ross Wallace cutting in from the right and firing in an unstoppable left-footed drive.
Brighton endured terrible misfortune throughout with injuries, and Carlos Carvalhal’s men took full advantage as they doubled their lead in the second period and now take a solid 2-0 lead to the Amex on Monday.