‘Ball clearly hit Colwill’ – Journalist explains what happened during Brighton’s injury-time penalty appeal

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Football journalist, Ben Jacobs has explained what truly transpired during the closing stages of the game between Chelsea and Brighton on Sunday afternoon.

The game was a thrilling 3-2 contest, thanks to goals from Enzo Fernandez (2) and Levi Colwill (1), however, it could have easily been a 3-3 draw if not for the intervention of the VAR.

As Chelsea fought off wave after wave of attacks from Brighton in injury time, the referee, Craig Pawson pointed to the spot after Colwill was wrongly adjudged to have handled the ball in the Chelsea box.

However, after a VAR review, it was decided that the ball actually hit the defender on the face, and the decision was reversed, with the ref ordering a drop ball instead of allowing Brighton take a corner.

Jacobs wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Clarification on Brighton’s injury-time appeal for penalty. Ball clearly hit Levi Colwill in the face but Craig Pawson gave the penalty.

“He was then sent to the monitor to review and rightly correct the decision. Because the call was reversed it’s a drop ball not a Brighton corner, which is the correct application of the rules.”

The referee’s decision didn’t initially go down well with Brighton players, but ultimately, they had no choice but to accept it, as Chelsea kept all three points.