VAR rules out Forest goal – but fans think it should stand for celebration alone
VAR was used to perfection during Nottingham Forest's win over Southampton when it ruled out Felipe's late strike.
The Brazilian had taken down Morgan Gibbs-White's free-kick with the deftest of touches, and slammed the ball past the Saints keeper to seemingly make it 5-2. However, VAR stepped in to rule Felipe offside in the build-up – and the referee was left with no choice but to chalk the goal off.
Felipe had already celebrated the strike when VAR intervened by producing an incredible somersault. And some fans claimed VAR should have turned a blind eye due to the Brazilian's acrobatics.
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One fan fumed: "Sly as f*** if they disallow that! Nearly broke his neck for nowt let it stand I say!"
"F*** me wasn't expecting that celebration from Felipe, just give him the goal for that alone," a second added. While a third tweeted: "Offside? That’s sad. The Felipe goal and celebration were both cold."
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"What a set piece from Forest. Wonderful control & finish from Felipe & I love the side flip celebration. Shame VAR has ruled it out for offside, deserved to count," a fourth joked. And another added: "Should just let Felipe's goal stand for the celebration alone tbh!"
Forest picked up a massive three points with a 4-3 win, lifting them out of the drop zone with three games still to play.
Steve Cooper's side were in enough of a celebratory mood for Sky Sports to rope in Gibbs-White to analyse Felipe's acrobatics. Gibbs-White, who found the net from the spot himself, joked he was amazed the 6ft"3in defender was able to pull it off.
He joked: "He's got bad knees as it is so I don't know how he landed it!"
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