‘One of the worst referees in history’: Fans react as Jon Moss left Huddersfield ‘absolutely robbed’

‘One of the worst referees in the history of football!’: Fans react as Jon Moss leaves Huddersfield ‘absolutely robbed’ after denying TWO penalty claims in his final game as an official… as supporters lament VAR as ‘baffling’ following play-off final

  • Fans reacted to Jon Moss’ performance in the Championship play-off final 
  • Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield 1-0 to secure a spot in the Premier League 
  • Moss caused controversy by denying Terriers’ two penalty claims in second-half 
  • Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo both seemed to be impeded in the penalty area 

Fans on social media have labelled Jon Moss’ refereeing performance in the Championship play-off final as ‘absurd’ after he controversially refused to award Huddersfield two penalties.

The Terriers were beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Forest in a thrilling final at Wembley, where a Levi Colwill own-goal was enough to separate the sides and send Steve Cooper’s team to the Premier League.

However, fans online were quick to call out official Jon Moss after Huddersfield were denied two seemingly blatant penalty calls. 

Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien was brought down in the box in front of Jon Moss late in the game

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Fans say Moss had a huge impact on the game after ruling that Jack Colback did not foul Harry Toffolo in the penalty area during the 72nd minute of the game.

The video replays showed it was a clear trip by Jack Colback, but referee Moss, making his final appearance before retirement, booked Toffolo and awarded a free-kick to Forest for simulation. 

Then in the 83rd minute, Lewis O’Brien was clearly brought down by Max Lowe – but again Moss and VAR decided that it was not enough to warrant a penalty.

Harry Toffolo was tripped by Nottingham Forest's Jack Colback in the 73rd minute of the final

Harry Toffolo was tripped by Nottingham Forest’s Jack Colback in the 73rd minute of the final

Twitter users did not hold back when describing Moss’ performance, with one fan suggesting the FA ‘launch a serious investigation’ into the officiating.

 @DamianPoutney said: ‘Jon Moss is by far one of the worst referees in the history of football, makes shocking decisions almost every game. Huddersfield have been absolutely robbed of at least 1 penalty there, if not 2!’

‘How were these not given as penalties in the first instance? The fact they were then missed by VAR on both occasions is baffling. It just can’t happen in a game of this magnitude,’ @AntoniF14 tweeted.

Another used suggested that Moss’ decisions ended up ‘costing a club huge rewards’ – given the financial benefits of winning the play-off final.

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Forest were at the new Wembley for the first time, making their first appearance for 30 years since a League Cup final defeat against Manchester United.

Steve Cooper’s side booked their return to the Premier League with victory over Huddersfield- 23 years after they last participated in the top flight.

Despite being second best for long periods of the play-off final, Forest will be delighted to win the game which comes with the Premier League bounty of £180million. 


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