Luton Town score controversial late equaliser against Burnley as VAR allow Carlton Morris’ header to stand despite collision between Elijah Adebayo and James Trafford

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  • Striker Adebayo collided with Trafford moments before Morris headed home
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Luton Town scored a controversial late equaliser against Burnley on Friday night, after VAR allowed the goal to stand despite a collision in the penalty area. 

The hosts had taken the lead in the first-half through Zeki Amdouni before the dramatic leveller in the final moments of the match. 

Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford appeared to be impeded by Luton striker Elijah Adebayo, just moments before Carlton Morris headed home to tie the scoreline. 

Luton rescued a vital Premier League point in Friday’s 1-1 draw at Turf Moor as Morris’ strike survived the referee and VAR’s questionable intervention.

Morris bundled the ball in the back of the net during stoppage time while Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford appeared to have been impeded by Luton striker Elijah Adebayo.

Luton Town scored a controversial late equaliser against Burnley on Friday night via Carlton Morris in stoppage time

Morris rose highest in the Burnley box to score for the visitors at the death at Turf Moor

Morris rose highest in the Burnley box to score for the visitors at the death at Turf Moor

A VAR review followed that showed Adebayo made contact with the complaining shot-stopper who felt he was blocked from getting to Morris’s scoring effort. 

Morris made true contact with his header that sailed into the back of the net while Trafford lay helplessly on the floor following his contest with Adebayo.

Despondent Burnley players felt they had been wrongfully denied what would have been a huge three league points that would have seen them reduce the existing four-point gap to fellow relegation candidates Luton. 

Referee Tony Harrington initially allowed the equaliser to stand and a follow-up VAR check agreed with his decision after clearing Adebayo of committing any foul in the goal’s build-up.

Video replays focused on whether the contact with the Burnley goalkeeper was sufficient enough to deny Trafford making what would have been a highly impressive short-range save.

Commentating on the goal for TNT Sports, Robbie Savage appeared to agree with the decision, stating: ‘This is a huge moment, is that a foul on the goalkeeper?

‘Morris with the header, this is a huge decision. My instinct will say any ytouch on the goalkeeper is usually a foul.

‘I don’t think that’s a foul. Is that a clear and obvious error on the goalkeeper? I’m not sure it is.

‘Does Adebayo do enough to put the keeper off there? I think it’s a goal,’ he added.

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