After Jon Moss’s rejection of two penalties in the play-off final at Wembley, Nottingham Forest was promoted to the Premier League.
Steve Cook, Nottingham Forest defender, made it a point to thank Jon Moss (and VAR) after his team beat Huddersfield Town at the Championship play-off final.
Forest won 1-0Wembley Stadium, Sunday afternoon to make a return to the Premier League after 23 years. Levi Colwill’s own goal from James Garner’s cross was enough for Steve Cooper’s side to complete a remarkable campaign in style and bank a mammoth £170million .
However, their victory was not easy. Huddersfield saw two penalty appeals denied by Moss. As the officiating official for his final matchBefore retirement. Moss is an experienced official, but his decision-making – and the lack of intervention by VAR – was extremely controversial in the match.
Town’s Harry Toffolo appeared to be fouled in the box by Forest’s Jack Colback, but Moss immediately waved away appeals and booked Toffolo for simulation. VAR, which was being used first in the play-off final was consulted, but upheld the decision, despite slow motion replays indicating that Colback had contact with Toffolo.
Lewis O’Brien fell in the area after Max Lowe challenged him. Another protest by the Yorkshire side was later dismissed. Huddersfield did not manage a shot on target at Wembley, but left feeling aggrieved due to Moss’ officiating. Forest didn’t mind.
Cook, an experienced defender, addressed Nottingham City Centre’s supporters on Monday after they had celebrated their promotion with a parade. “You never know in football, you never know what’s going to happen,”He said. “We’ll thank Jon Moss today, what a f****** guy! We love VAR, we love ya. Up the Tricky Trees!”
Carlos Corberan, Huddersfield manager, refused to criticise Moss and VAR in his post match interview. “I didn’t watch them yet but the players that received these fouls were thinking that if they hadn’t received the foul they would have finished the opportunity to attack,”He said.
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“But you have the VAR and the referee, and if they understand there is no foul, I can’t say anything. The only thing I can do is to accept it. I understand that with only one referee it is complicated but when you have the support of the VAR the possibility to make fair decisions increases, so if they understand it was not a penalty it’s because maybe they were not penalties.”
Corberan added: “I have been through the season without VAR and I don’t understand well what the process is. I don’t know if the referee needs to ask to review, I don’t know if the VAR can do something when they see, I don’t know if they can review action when the referee doesn’t ask.
“But if you have VAR and the referee and they understand that there was no penalty, I only can accept it was not a penalty.”