Southampton legend Tissier is not satisfied with the referee in EFL final
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier did not hold back in his assessment of the Saints’ wrongly disallowed opening goal in the EFL Cup final, branding the decision ‘disgusting.’
Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini thought he had fired the Saints ahead, only for the linesman to incorrectly raise his flag and keep the scoreline level.
While the advancing Ryan Bertrand was in an offside position, new signing Gabbiadini was clearly not and Le Tissier could not contain his anger once the game got to the half-time interval.
Manchester United entered the break with a slender 2-1 lead, though Le Tissier insisted the decision to deny Gabbiadini early on had already changed the entire game.
‘This (decision) puts whole new complexion on the game of football,’ Le Tissier said in the Sky Sports studio.
‘If Southampton score the first goal this is a completely different game of football. And at this level that assistant has to get that decision right.
‘He cant even see Gabbiadini, how can he flag him offside? He can’t see him when the ball gets kicked. Stop the ball there (on the review screen) he can’t see Gabbiadini. What is he thinking? How can he think that Bertrand’s tapped that in?
‘The referee needs to go across have a word with him and go ‘who do you think scored?’
‘Some kind of communication between the officials. This is a cup final you’ve got to get those big decisions right and that was disgusting,’ Le Tissier added.
Gabbiadini did go on to get himself in among the goals, tucking away a near post finish on the cusp of half-time with some deft movement to shake off defender Eric Bailly.
The Italian then repeated his heroics immediately after the interval, finding space to lash home and level the scoreline at 2-2.
But the Saints suffered heartbreak when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late winner to seal the trophy for Jose Mourinho.
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