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New footage shows referee tripping Tunisia defender in the lead-up to Australia’s match-winning goal as controversy emerge

New footage shows referee tripping Tunisia defender in the lead-up to Australia’s match-winning goal as controversy emerge

New footage from Australia’s FIFA World Cup victory over Tunisia shows referee Daniel Siebert making contact with Socceroos midfielder Ellyes Skhiri on his desperation dash to prevent an imminent Socceroos goal, as fans yell out in protest.

Moments before Mitchell Duke’s legendary header secured the Socceroos’ third FIFA World Cup victory, rookie referee Siebert collided with a charging Ellyes Skhiri.

Siebert’s trailing ankle impeded Skhiri’s left foot, as he failed to tuck in his leg given the speed of Australia’s counterattack.

The new angle was not seen by live viewers on Saturday night and now gives Tunisian fans an excuse to argue their defeat.

Fans against Australia say the contact on Skhiri gave Socceroos midfielder Riley McGree space to play out wide for Craig Goodwin, who in turn found a flying Mitchell Duke.

The Bundesliga club player immediately fell to the ground in the center circle after the contact, gripping his leg in a penalty grab.

Since the announcement, people have expressed their outrage on Twitter.

According to FIFA regulations, a referee must halt and restart play upon making contact with the ball, but there is no mention of an official tackling a player who is passing by.

Many supporters claimed that the German referee deserved a yellow card, while those in favor of the goal argued that Skhiri had no realistic chance of pursuing McGree.

Others believed Siebert was biased when issuing cards for time-wasting and that he lacked experience on the international stage.

The trip was retweeted by BBC Sport with the phrase ‘REF!’, which sparked a controversy among football fans.

Still, Tunisia finished the match with five more shots on goal than Australia.

New footage shows referee tripping Tunisia defender in the lead-up to Australia’s match-winning goal as controversy emerge

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