Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe handed Leeds United an equalising lifeline yesterday, literally. His forearm-manoeuvred 83rd minute goal gave the Whites a share of the points.
It also sparked a massive reaction from Nottingham Forest fans on Twitter, video evidence signifying that the had a right to do so. With the wonders of camera and television, there is no escaping that.
It is still a talking point even now, a day later. In a way it was harsh on Forest who had clung on until that point in the face of a veritable hail of Leeds United pressure. With the Whites edging ever closer to an equaliser, there was always that feeling that Forest’s creaking would turn to cracking and an equaliser would come.
Still, it was no way to lose all three points, that win being reduced to just the one point in a case, Forest fans will argue, is more two points stolen than two points lost. One more famous Forest supporter to comment was England cricketer Stuart Broad who is currently on tour in Sri Lanka. Here’s what Broad had to say:
I could see that handball from Sri Lanka #NFFC ⚽️ ⚪️
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) October 27, 2018
With emotions running high over the incident, Broad’s tweet was bound to furnish the whole gamut of replies, and it didn’t disappoint in that sense. Here’s some of what was said in reply:
My husband @NickScourfield who has been screaming from the other room agrees with you I think!!
— sian scourfield (@sianfach) October 27, 2018
Saw it from Fuerteventura !!!!
— Dr Jim ** (@jimcollingham) October 27, 2018
Apparently it was ball hitting hand !!! A bit like maradonna and Henry !!! dirty cheating Leeds
— barry gardner (@bazzag13) October 27, 2018
Deliberate hand ball ! Stuart! The assistant ref needs glasses
— yvonne pickton (@GarysHappySmile) October 27, 2018
I thought @roofe39 was in the outfield saving a boundary!!
— JamesGreaves (@James_Greaves) October 27, 2018
Stevie wonder saw it as well
— Djs (@dansmithuk78) October 27, 2018
Of course, as would be expected, Leeds United fans were also quick to reply. Here’s some of their comments:
Did you also see your team get completely outplayed for 90 mins also?
— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) October 28, 2018
Haha throw a ball on for Forest…. passed you off the park lad, Brian Clough will be turning in his grave
— Paul Jenkinson (@Shevjenko) October 27, 2018
Did you also witness a dour display from your beloved Forest, littered with gamesmanship and time wasting? Admit it, you’ve mugged us for a point
— HungryDuck (@LUFCPATRIOT69) October 28, 2018
Seen you fielding in the deep Broady… You wouldn’t have got anywhere near it #LUFC
— Greg Stanley (@GregStan83) October 27, 2018
However, in a house of glass you cannot expect to throw stone and not break any windows. In a classic case of kettle calling pot black, here’s a clip of Stuart Broad refusing to display his honesty to the game officials:
The pavilion is that way Stuart.