One referee wasn’t interested in playing over the allotted injury time on Saturday – blowing for half-time just milliseconds before a goal was scored in the League Two clash between AFC Wimbledon and Accrington Stanley.
Bemused Accrington players had to be hauled away from the official, who inexplicably pointed at his watch as justification. Of course, while the referee can call time at any point, it’s expected that play will continue if a goalscoring chance is likely.
It evoked memories of Zico’s disallowed effort for Brazil against Sweden at the 1974 World Cup, when the referee blew for full-time as a corner kick was being taken.
To be fair, Accrington boss John Coleman took it surprisingly well – despite seeing his team draw 0-0:
“I’m delighted with the way we played but sometimes the luck doesn’t go with you,” Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire.
“I’ve never seen anything like it happen [the disallowed goal] in all my 46 years playing and managing.
“He blew as the ball was on its way into the net. You can’t account for that. Everyone in the ground is flabbergasted. Referees make mistakes because they’re only human and that’s what makes the game of football so special because you have talking points and arguments.”
So turn up your volume and prepare to be shocked by an absolute clanger! Video above…