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Eagle-eyed fans spot controversy in Toon shootout win over Blackburn in FA Cup

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STUNNED viewers claim Blackburn were robbed in Newcastle’s FA Cup shootout triumph – after spotting a major controversy.

Keen-eyed fans are convinced Toon’s hero keeper Martin Dubravka was off his line before foiling Dom Hyam from the very last penalty.

Dubravka celebrates as the Magpies edged out Blackburn in the shootout
Hyam was the unlucky Rovers players in the contentious finale

And supporters were especially frustrated because the FA Cup does NOT have VAR – meaning no video replays could settle the issue.

The mediocre Magpies scraped into the quarter-finals 4-3 on spot-kicks after Championship side Rovers deservedly held them 1-1 after extra time.

But supporters rushed to point out what they believe was a lucky let-off for Dubravka – as well as the “unfairness” of no VAR.

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The Slovak, who earlier saved Sammie Szmodics’ shootout penalty, dived to repeat the feat from Hyam’s low effort.

But fans posted clips of the stopper with both his feet appearing to be in front of the line before Rover’s Scottish defender took his kick.

One wrote: “Dubravka was off his line when Hyam’s penalty was being taken. If it had VAR involved it would’ve been retaken.”

Another said: “Would have been quite funny if Newcastle had been denied victory by Dubravka coming off his line for the first time all season.”

And a third commented: “Dubravka was off his line oops.”

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A fourth could not have been more wrong when he stated: “Nobody going to mention Dubravka off his line, thought not.”

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That’s because loads of fans swarmed onto social media to note the stopper’s contentious positioning.

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However, they were divided on whether the absence of VAR was a positive thing overall for an epic tie.

One argued: “No VAR and a brilliant game of non stop action. Loads loads of chances by both teams!! Even at the end there VAR would have disallowed the last pen as Dubravka was off his line.”

Anthony Gordon’s 71st-minute opener for the Toon had earlier been cancelled out by Szmodics ahead of extra time and the shootout saga.

Source: The Sun

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