The Carabao Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea may have been goalless over 120 minutes but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
A total of four goals were disallowed over the two hours – three for Chelsea and one for Liverpool.
The three Chelsea goals were all deemed to be offside by the assistant referee on the pitch with VAR confirming it with a brief check.
While those decisions are factual following a VAR check, Liverpool’s disallowed goal was a little more open to interpretation.
Virgil van Dijk was punished for standing in an offside position and found guilty of holding Reece James, allowing Sadio Mane to head the ball back across the goal for Joel Matip to score.
After a lengthy VAR check, referee Stuart Attwell was eventually called over to the monitor to decide whether Van Dijk was interfering with play. The decision was that he was and, therefore, the goal would be disallowed.
Handball controversy is everywhere, not confined to the Premier League.
There was another call in Serie A last week, when Udinese’s Destiny Udogie appeared to score with him arm in a 1-1 draw with Milan.
Verdict: No definitive proof of handball.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) February 28, 2022
Liverpool fans were gutted at having the 69th minute goal disallowed.
Liverpool fan cashes out Matip bet
But while many Liverpool supporters were watching the VAR check with their hearts in their mouths, one very savvy fan was busy making himself £2,000.
A hopeful Kopite placed a £50 bet on Joel Matip to score a header in 90 minutes at odds of 40/1. They must have been ecstatic when the defender headered past Edouard Mendy to put Liverpool 1-0 up. But instead of celebrating, they quickly went onto Sky Bet where they placed the bet and cashed out.
When you cash out before Matip’s goal is ruled out. pic.twitter.com/yBcjAfzGyH
— CornishKopiteJ4T97 🇺🇦 next up Norwich FA cup! (@ShaneMeneer) February 27, 2022
By the time the goal was chalked off, the money was already in his account.
Usually, the bookmaker would take back the money. But, in this instance, they were willing to pay out the bet as a gesture of goodwill.
Imagine winning £2,000 after betting on something that didn’t even happen.
Fair play to that very clever punter and fair play to Sky Bet for paying out.