Ex Premier League referee slams Craig Pawson after Southampton’s goal

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Southampton scored a controversial goal in the 1-1 draw at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, as United bounced back from a goal down to earn a point.

Bruno Fernandes was fouled in the build-up to Southampton’s goal by Saints centre-back Jack Stephens, and the Portuguese was livid that the referee didn’t blow for a foul.

In his column for The Telegraph, former Premier League referee Keith Hackett admitted that Craig Pawson was wrong in his judgment.

He wrote; “Solskjaer had justification for feeling aggrieved (by the goal).

“There was a clear foul on Bruno Fernandes in the build-up to the Southampton goal. Referee Craig Pawson should have awarded a free-kick.

“It was an outrageous call, but had nothing to do with lighter-touch officiating.”