FA Cup Controversy

Video: Hull progress in FA Cup thanks to phantom goal

Tigers lose the right to ever complain about being unlucky again

The FA Cup Fifth Round replay between Hull and Sheffield Utd ended in controversy last night, thanks to the ropey decisions of referee Peter Walton.

Sheffield Utd manager Kevin Blackwell failed to ask why his defender Kyle Naughton was aiming a bullet header at his own net, but was outraged when the man in black awarded an own goal for an effort that clearly never crossed the line. His hyperbolic rant has been playing on Sky Sports News all morning:

“Managers can lose their jobs over things like this.

“If we had been struggling, this defeat could have cost me my job and I have a wife and kids to support.

“We knew the ball wasn’t over the line. Everybody did.

“That decision could have got someone promoted or relegated. If it was one of my players he would be dropped for the next game.”

Thanks to the ref’s bad call, Sheffield Utd missed out on the opportunity to face Premiership slayers Burnley, or Arsenal, the team who gave the Blades a massive FA Cup headache in 1999 when Nwankwo Kanu failed to recognise the concept of good sportsmanship.

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