May 24, 2024

Luton Town's Ross Barkley and Burnley's Lyle Foster battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. Picture date: Friday January 12, 2024.

After Luton Town’s Carlton Morris scored a contentious late goal on Friday, Burnley manager Vincent Kompany, his players, and even part-owner and former NFL player JJ Watt were incensed. Kompany claimed that such a crucial call could not win a game.

Morris headed in the equalizer in the 92nd minute, and Luton emerged from Turf Moor with a valuable point in a 1-1 Premier League draw. However, Burnley objected, claiming Elijah Adebayo of Luton had leaped in and obstructed James Trafford, the goalkeeper.

After a protracted VAR review, Kompany was left fuming on the sidelines as the goal stood, Kompany told the BBC, “I think any ex-pro understands what the striker (Adebayo) is doing in this case.”

“I anticipate that the referee will see it first. The striker is looking at the referee to see if he got away with it, and none of the Luton players have celebrated. Bravo to the striker for trying his luck and blocking the goalie. You think for sure not as he looks over to the referee. VAR will take care of this. He continued, “The Luton players are not celebrating.

“I thought (Luton) were fantastic today; however, at the moment there the referee has got to get it right.” In the battle to avoid relegation, Burnley’s decision could be costly as the draw left them four points behind Luton in 18th position.

The goal, as Kompany said, comes after other significant events that confused him, such as the “softest penalty given against us against Aston Villa” and a goal that was disallowed against Nottingham Forest. “I’m at a loss on how to address my players. It’s absurd,” the Belgian remarked.

Fans flocked social media with grievances on the goal, proving Kompany was not alone in his thoughts.

“I’m not experienced with ownership, so I’ll take a fine from the Premier League. Watt wrote on X, “This is about as clear-cut of a foul as you could have.” “To miss this on the field AND miss this on VAR is truly disgraceful.” Watt and wife Kealia, who played for the U.S. women’s national team, invested in Burnley at the end of last season and have since been promoting the club around the world.

“Elijah Adebayo does not go for the ball, it has to be a foul,” pundit Rio Ferdinand, a former England defender, stated on TNT Sports.

“I find it difficult to comprehend the choice. “We don’t receive any information on the field, so none of us really understand it,” Burnley defender Dara O’Shea stated in reference to the goal. “We’re bitterly disappointed with the result.”

Rob Edwards, the manager of Luton, expressed empathy with their opponents’ annoyance. According to Edwards, “that is a big moment in the game and we deserved that,”

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