West Brom v Brighton descends into farce over Lee Mason’s quick free-kick call

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Football fans were left baffled by the decision of Lee Mason to disallow Lewis Dunk's quick free-kick – which he took after the whistle had been blown.

With Brighton trailing 1-0, Dunk and other Seagulls stars stood over the ball slightly outside the Baggies penalty area.

Despite West Brom defenders and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone not being in position, Mason quickly blew his whistle, which Dunk took to mean he could have a cheeky shot on goal.

The ball hit the back of the net – but not before Mason had hastily blown the whistle for a second time.

Brighton players surrounded the official, arguing why he had again blown once the shot had been taken.

As fans scratched their heads on Twitter, Mason then proceeded to ask his VAR colleagues for assistance.

The goal was initially allowed but then the officials in Stockley Park began checking for an apparent offside, despite no player interfering with the play.

Mason then disallowed the goal and ordered the free-kick to be retaken, angering Brighton fans.

"Lee Mason has disallowed a goal, then given a goal, then disallowed a goal. Best, confused of Leicester," Gary Lineker tweeted.

"Ref has had a mare here," one said.

"Huge fan of Lee Mason making up the rules as he goes along," a third said.

"VAR has to make sure they're using the exact frame where Lee Mason's lungs deflate to blow the whistle," joked another.

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  • The moment was a talking point throughout the half-time break, as Dunk surrounded the officials as they left the field.

    Mason seemed to wave away the defender's complaints, with the Brighton skipper angrily asking for an explanation.

    Brighton are in need of a win as they look to escape a relegation battle.

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