'An absolute disgrace!' - Controversial penalty decision leaves Liverpool fans fuming

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Fabinho's challenge appeared to be outside the box and also legitimate, raising questions over the validity of the call

Liverpool supporters were left less than impressed with the workings of the Video Assistant Referee after seeing a penalty given to Sheffield United on Saturday. 

The Reds fell behind after 13 minutes at Anfield when Fabinho clattered into Oliver McBurnie on the edge of his own penalty area. 

Referee Mike Dean initially blew for a free-kick, but changed his decision upon consultation with VAR and pointed to the spot. 

Sander Berge subsequently stood up and converted past the newly returned Alisson to give the Blades the lead, to the anger of the Reds looking on. 

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And while Roberto Firmino restored parity just before half time, discontent over the call did not quell. 

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Indeed, the Premier League's efforts to explain VAR's reasoning only heightened discussion over whether Fabinho deserved to have a penalty called against him. 

Many observers believed that the Brazilian's challenge did not merit any kind of sanction, leading to fierce debate once more over the use of technology in football.