Paul Merson has blasted West Brom midfielder Okay Yokuslu for giving away a first-half penalty against Brighton on Saturday afternoon. 

Yokuslu jumped to defend a corner midway through the first half and the ball clearly struck his arm which gave Brighton a way back into the game.

VAR referred Lee Mason to the monitor and he gave the decision after only a couple of viewings and Merson couldn’t believe want he was seeing.

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Speaking on Sky Sports‘ Soccer Saturday programme, Merson said, “Okay’s come in above Burn and it’s handball.

“He’s come in like Superman, it’s a stonewall penalty. He had a look at it Lee Mason and it’s a penalty.

“It’s the first time Brighton have been in their [West Brom’s] half and it’s a penalty.”

We can’t believe VAR had to show Merson so many replays and it is even stranger that Mason didn’t see the offence in real-time.

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Luckily, Brighton were unable to convert the penalty as Pascal Gross fired his effort onto the crossbar and Yokuslu’s blushes were spared.

It would’ve been typical for us to give away a goal via a soft penalty after starting the game so well.

In fairness to Yokuslu, it is the first real error he has committed in his short Hawthorns career.

That said, what was he thinking?

You can’t jump like that in your own box, especially with VAR in operation.

Sam Allardyce will be giving the midfielder both barrels at half time so don’t be surprised to see Yokuslu jump with his hands by his side for the next 45 minutes.

In other West Brom news, Kamil Grosicki’s confirmed a major update on his future at the Albion.

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