Why Awoniyi's teammate believes Forest were cheated against Man United

Taiwo Awoniyi against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round. (Photo Credit: Imago)

Why Awoniyi's teammate believes Forest were cheated against Man United

Izuchukwu Akawor 12:34 - 29.02.2024

Taiwo Awoniyi and his Nottingham Forest teammates suffered a painful defeat at home to Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup.

Morgan Gibbs-White, Taiwo Awoniyi’s teammate at Nottingham Forest midfielder, shared a controversial social media post following his team's dramatic defeat to Manchester United.

Pulse Sports Nigeria reports that Awoniyi and his fellow Forest stars suffered a late 1-0 loss to their visitors from Manchester in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round clash on Wednesday night.

Awoniyi’s mate hints at cheating

The post, which has since been deleted, reignited debates over contentious refereeing decisions and raised eyebrows among fans and pundits alike.

The controversy stemmed from an Instagram repost by Gibbs-White, featuring an image from Sportsbible juxtaposing Casemiro's last-gasp winner for United against Virgil van Dijk's disallowed effort for Liverpool in Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.

Morgan Gibbs-White against Manchester United. (Photo Credit: Forest/X)

Intriguingly, both games were officiated by referee Chris Kavanagh, leading to murmurs of discontent and accusations of biased officiating according to a report from the Sun.

In the encounter between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United, it was Casemiro who emerged as the hero with a dramatic 89th-minute header off a Bruno Fernandes free-kick, securing victory for the Red Devils.

However, Gibbs-White's social media post hinted at a sense of injustice, suggesting that his team had been unfairly treated by the officials, who he believes should have ruled out the goal for offside.

The deleted post fuels speculation of refereeing inconsistencies and appears to have sparked heated debates among fans on social media platforms.

Taiwo Awoniyi had two shots on target against Man United. | Credit: IMAGO

While Gibbs-White's post may have been swiftly removed from his Instagram feed, its impact has been felt across platforms, reigniting discussions on the role of officiating in crucial matches and prompting further scrutiny of refereeing decisions in high-stakes encounters.

Nigeria’s Awoniyi featured from start to finish against the Red Devils and attempted eight shots, with two on target while three were blocked.

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