Manchester United grabbed their first wins of the season, a hard-fought last-minute stoppage-time victory over Brighton 3-2.
But what happened in the match was unprecedented, as the winning goal, which came in the 100th minute, came from a penalty kick after match referee Chris Kavanagh blew the final whistle.
But the referee returned to the field again, after he was informed by the referee of video technology (Farr), that there was a hand touch on a Brighton defender after a header from Harry Maguire, captain of “Almanio”, so the referee retracted the final whistle and went to the screen to watch the replay, then made the decision to grant Man United penalty kick, from which Portuguese Bruno Fernandez scored the winning goal and the game’s difficult points.
But does the referee have the right to resume the match after the final whistle is fired?
According to the International Football Association Federation (IFAB), there is no specific time for reviewing any arbitration cases.
IFAB continues, “The most important thing is speed is accuracy and making the right decision. Judgment and assistants always have to make a preliminary decision regardless of the presence of mouse technology.”
“The review process must be completed as efficiently as possible, but the accuracy of the final decision is more important than speed. For this reason, and because some situations are complex with many decisions and cases subject to review, there is no specific time for this process,” he added.
And he concludes that “the referee has the right to take whatever decision he deems appropriate for the situation, whether by canceling, amending, or imposing any penalty or disciplinary action (if necessary), and playing again according to the laws of the game.”
The “Falmer” stadium, for Brighton, witnessed a breathtaking match, as Manchester United advanced with the goal of Lewis Dink of Brighton, by mistake (43), then Marcus Rashford doubled the result for Elmanyo (55), but Brighton did not give up and scored two goals by Niall Mobay ( 40 from the penalty spot) and Solomon Marsh (93).
But Fernandez – who directly participated in 17 goals with 16 games in the “Red Devils” shirt – refused to score in the tenth minute of stoppage time the winning goal.