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Referee apologises for not awarding Bradford’s Jack Payne a goal against Sunderland

The referee of Sunderland’s match against Bradford City has apologised for not awarding Jack Payne’s goal on Boxing Day.

In the 82nd minute, the Bantams midfielder on loan from Huddersfield Town equalised when Black Cats keeper Jon McLaughlin spilled the ball over the line before retrieving it again.

The replays showed the whole ball crossed over but referee Darren England didn’t give it and with there being no VAR, the goal – which should have made the scoreline 1-1 – didn’t count.

Watch the moment for yourself in the video below…

A closer look in a screenshot taken by one viewer…

The referee has since apologised and admitted he made a mistake. Manager David Hopkin said: “Martin spoke to him and the ref apologised. But that’s no good to us.

“You look at everybody’s body language – the whole stadium knew.

“As a manager or a coach, I’ll be the first person to say when we get away with one and it should have been 1-1 if it happened to us.

“I could tell by where the goalkeeper’s body was that it was in. His whole torso is nearly over the line.

“He’s actually pulled it back and it hits his knee again and goes back over the line. It goes in twice.

“But the good thing is the media frenzy now. Everybody knows it was a goal.

“I know we lost the game but everyone will see that Bradford deserved a point.”


Fans took to Twitter to give their reaction to the mistake with Sunderland humorously tweeted a photo of an edited goal-line – take a look at what they had to say and those amusing edits on the next page.


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