Mason to miss Liverpool clash after telling bosses he’s injured in VAR nightmare

Lee Mason pulled out his duties at tonight's game between Liverpool and Sheffield United after insisting he was injured.

The under-fire referee was due to be the fourth official at Bramall Lane – but had to be replaced by John Brooks.

Mason told his bosses he had picked up a muscle problem at the end of West Brom's home win over Brighton.

Mason, who completed the match, sparked outrage at the Hawthorns following a controversial performance that saw him disallow a legitimate goal from Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk.

Dunk asked Mason if he could take a free kick quickly and when told this was OK, fired the ball into the Baggies goal.

But just before Dunk's effort hit the back of the net Mason whistled for a second time to disallow the goal.

He then appeared to change his mind and allow the goal, before a VAR check ruled it out amid farcical scenes that left the visitors seething.

Last night there was no indication Mason had been dropped, although people took to social media to mock the Bolton official and accuse him of feigning injury in the wake of his dismal display at the Hawthorns.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk laid into the referee for his error after the game, telling Sky Sports : “I said to the referee: 'Can I take it?' He blew his whistle and I took it.

“Why doesn't he come and speak to the press like me? Never. They hide behind their bubble.

“I don't think he knew what he was doing. He gave the goal. Why did he give it? I don't know why VAR was getting involved.”

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  • When asked if Mason had lost control of the Premier League clash, the centre-back simply said: “Yeah, he did. Fact.”

    Brighton boss Graham Potter also criticised the match official, commenting: “As far as I know, Lewis Dunk asked to take the free-kick quickly and the referee said yes. In between that, there was another whistle.

    “I don't know what that whistle was for. The confusion is on the pitch and it gets worse when someone outside this area is making the decisions.”

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