Liverpool ace Fabinho escapes red card just two minutes after coming on for horror challenge on Brighton’s Evan Ferguson

RED FACED FABINHO escaped a red card after a horror challenge on Brighton’s Evan Ferguson.

The midfielder was on the field for only two minutes of Liverpool’s FA Cup defeat before he sunk his studs into the back of the Seagulls striker.

Fabinho escaped a red card after a horror challenge on Brighton’s Evan Ferguson

Fabinho was only shown yellow and VAR didn’t overturn the decision

Evan Ferguson was helped off the field after Fabinho’s lunge
Fabinho was shown yellow but VAR refused to overturn it to a red – as the Brazilian avoided a sending off.

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It left fans puzzled and they vented their disbelief at the decision on social media.

One said: “Fabinho literally knew it was a red and they still haven’t given it.”

Another said: “VAR is an absolute joke. Fabinho’s challenge on Ferguson is the clearest and most obvious red card you’ll see all season.”

One added: “That Fabinho challenge is one of the worst you’ll ever see.

“Absolutely f***ing shocking. How the f*** is VAR not turning that to a red card.”

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Another added: “Should be a straight red for Fabinho there. Hope Ferguson is alright, lucky his Achilles is intact..”

Ferguson was taken off, replaced by Deniz Undav, and had to be helped down the tunnel as he cut a worried figure.

The drama on the field did not stop there though, as Brighton grabbed a dramatic late winner.

Left-back Pervis Estupinan took down a free-kick from Pascal Gross and lofted it into the box.

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He picked out winger Kaoru Mitoma, who produced two magical touches to create space and fire pass Alisson.

But the celebrations could only really get started after a VAR check ruled Estupinan onside.

Harvey Elliott had opened the scoring on the half-hour mark only for Lewis Dunk to level nine minutes later.

And the Premier League sides looked to be heading for an Anfield replay before Mitoma’s late winner.

Kaoru Mitoma celebrates Brighton’s winner