Lee Mason has withdrawn from duties on Liverpool’s Premier League game with Sheffield United on Sunday evening citing an injury sustained during the controversial game between West Brom and Brighton at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
Mason was due to be the fourth official at Bramall Lane, assisting referee Jonathan Moss, but he has now been replaced by John Brooks after picking up a muscle injury towards the end of the match.
At West Brom Mason appeared to confirm a Brighton free-kick could be taken quickly when he blew his whistle, and captain Lewis Dunk scored as goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was still arranging his wall. But Mason blew his whistle for a second time just before the ball crossed the line and, with the assistance of VAR, decided to rule out the goal.
West Brom went on to win the game 1-0, with Brighton missing two penalties, and afterwards an exasperated Dunk described the decision as “horrendous”.
“It’s embarrassing,” Dunk told Sky Sports. “It’s a horrendous decision, I said to the ref can I take it, he blew his whistle and I took it. Just because there was so much pressure from the bench. Why doesn’t he come and speak to the press like me? Never, they hide behind their bubble.
“I don’t think he knew what he was doing. He gave the goal, why did he give it? I don’t know why VAR was getting involved, he said ‘goal’... you can look on the video if you want.”