Forest Fury: Marinakis Confronts Ref After Controversial Liverpool Win


Upset Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, reportedly needed security to hold him back after angrily approaching referee Paul Tierney following Liverpool's last-minute goal at the City Ground. The controversial win came thanks to a stoppage-time header by substitute Darwin Nunez, awarded after eight minutes of additional time were played.

Forest was furious with Tierney's decision to stop play for an injured Liverpool player while they were attacking, then restarting with a drop ball that Liverpool capitalized on to score. The goal sparked chaos on the benches, leading to the sending off of Forest coach Steven Reid and a yellow card for substitute Felipe.

Paul Tierney

BBC reporter Rob Schofield, who witnessed the incident in the tunnel, described it as highly unusual: "You rarely see scenes like that in the tunnel. We saw Steven Reid getting frustrated. He and the Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis pursued referee Paul Tierney and fourth official Graham Scott all the way to the referee's office yelling at them 'Respect the players! Respect the players! This happens every week! Respect the players!' Marinakis had to be removed by security at one stage. The Forest players were furious, Nuno looked absolutely crestfallen. Jurgen Klopp stormed past me, saying he doesn't know why he's getting so much flak. It really was all kicking off down here. Furious scenes."

Despite the heated post-match atmosphere, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledged the challenging circumstances faced by both teams: "We played the most difficult game because of the circumstances. Four games in 11 days is tricky with our squad situation. It was super special. You could see it didn't go easy for us today in any part of the game. It's so hard. How we have four wins, I can't believe. Incredible assist in the very last second. Wonderful feeling. I'm really happy. I can't ask for more than what the boys are doing. Next Sunday would be a massive game anyway. Before that, we play a difficult game in Prague. We have to keep going, recover."

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