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Ebbsfleet United awarded bizarre penalty in FA Cup win at Carshalton

Ebbsfleet were at the centre of one of the most bizarre penalty decisions you’ll ever see.

Fleet were trailing Isthmian League Carshalton 1-0 in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday when Craig Tanner lost his footing in the box and fell over.

There wasn’t a home player near him but referee Paul Johnson awarded the spot-kick, with footage since viewed thousands of times online.

Rakish Bingham’s strike was saved but he finished the rebound and National South Fleet went on to win 2-1.

One Twitter user said: “I can’t stop watching this looooooool this needs to be replayed surely. I feel bad for the club but it’s hilariously bad."

Another said: “This is absolutely disgraceful.”

A third felt Johnson should have had help from his linesman, writing: “Understand referees come under fire, but where on earth was the linesman watching to miss that in front of him?!”

Fleet, who won £3,375 for beating Carshalton, are off to Aylesbury in the third qualifying round on October 2.

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