Manchester United fans FUME on ‘shocking’ penalty decision that led to defeat to Real Sociedad after Lisandro Martinez acted in the penalty area – despite hitting his leg first
- Manchester United suffered a defeat in the Europa League opener on Thursday
- Erik ten Hag’s team was undone by a penalty from David Silva in the second half
- Sociedad was awarded the penalty after a shot hit Lisandro Martinez’s arm
- But United fans on Twitter called referee Marco Di Bello’s decision ‘terrible’
Manchester United fans have taken to social media to express their outrage over the decision to award Real Sociedad a penalty in their Europa League game on Thursday.
After an impressive win over Liverpool over the weekend, United looked slow in Erik ten Hag’s first European game to lead the club, with his side going goalless into halftime at Old Trafford.
Worse was to come for United after halftime, however, when David Silva’s shot from close range hit Lisandro Martinez’s leg before bouncing off the Argentine’s elbow.
Real Sociedad were awarded a penalty after David Silva’s shot was ruled to have hit Lisandro Martinez’s arm.
United protested the decision but VAR upheld the referee’s verdict and Martinez was shown a yellow card
Italian referee Marco Di Bello wasted no time pointing to the spot and booking Martinez, and the controversial decision was confirmed after VAR review.
The former Manchester City star then compounded the injury by converting his penalty to give the away team the lead.
Silva’s penalty would ultimately prove to be the deciding goal of the game, and United fans took to social media in the wake of the defeat to wonder why the referee’s decision was not reversed.
Former Man City star duly converted his penalty to put Sociedad ahead of Old Trafford
Fans on social media expressed surprise that the penalty had been awarded
@Kaus_Padney17 asked: ‘How is that even a penalty? It was clearly Martinez’s leg and such a situation is in the regulations.’
@UTDArena agreed: ‘This sentence pretty much penalizes Martinez for having guns.’
Another user added, “If that’s a penalty, everyone’s done. insane decision’
@RonaldoProp expressed frustration at the decision: ‘That is never a penalty. we are screwed’
Even supporters of other clubs expressed confusion over the referee’s decision to award the away team a penalty.
@CorreaRole wrote: ‘No, this is not a punishment in a million years. I am not a fan of United but if they are given as a penalty, football is a sport. What could the defender have done? It was bounced from his knee to his arm’
The defeat means United are now third in Group E of the Europa League.
Assuming UEFA matches continue as scheduled next week after the death of Her Majesty the Queen, the club will try to recover when they face Moldovan club Sheriff on Thursday.