Published: 16:13, 22 September 2021
| Updated: 16:15, 22 September 2021
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.