Austin Blasts Ref As Saints Are Held

Austin Blasts Ref As Saints Are Held

Charlie Austin branded the decision to disallow his goal “a joke” and accused the officials of costing Southampton two points. Striker Austin looked to have doubled Saints’ one-goal advantage against Watford with 24 minutes remaining at St Mary’s when he fired home Nathan Redmond’s cut-back.

 

But, as he celebrated with team-mates on the touchline, the strike was ruled out by referee Simon Hooper because Maya Yoshida – who did not touch the ball – was standing in an offside position.

 

Hornets defender Jose Holebas subsequently levelled the game late on following Manolo Gabbiadini’s first-half opener and Austin did not hold back after the match. “It’s ridiculous, they (Watford) shouldn’t be in the game,” Austin said in a post-match broadcast interview.

 

“We score a perfectly good goal, make it 2-0, game’s done and dusted. “The officials cost us two points today. It’s a joke. We go on about VAR (video assistant referee) this, VAR that – help the officials out, clearly they need help.

 

“We play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, the most-watched league in the world, give them all the help they need because clearly they cost us two points today. It’s a joke. “We deserved three points today, but we’ve been let down by the officials and that’s why we didn’t get three points.”

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