QPR striker Charlie Austin may have just earned himself an unwanted record: having two goals disallowed in the shortest space of time.
There were few complaints about the first decision during the Hoops’ clash with Manchester City in the Premier League. Austin had planted a powerful header beyond Joe Hart, only for the flag to shoot up and deny the striker for being about six yards offside.
But what followed was more dramatic and a shade controversial.
Hart placed the ball down for the resulting free-kick and proceeded to pass straight to Austin. This time there could be no stopping the striker as he controlled instantly and lashed a low shot beyond England’s number one. In his moment of joy, Austin unleashed a rather bizarre chicken dance (think Kevin Nolan, but even more funky).
But, incredibly, City were protesting again. Hart’s free-kick had somehow skewed off his left foot and onto his right – an infringement that led to another ‘goal’ being chalked out.
Austin’s time in the spotlight wasn’t over either. Just five minutes later, the forward spurned the easiest chance of the bunch – crashing a first-time effort against Hart – before finally getting on the scoresheet on 21 minutes as the City defence imploded once more.
- Source: Eurosport