By Keith Hackett

2nd Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Ex-Premier League ref fumes over 'absolutely' wrong decision as controversial Sunderland image emerges

Queens Park Rangers should not have had a goal disallowed for offside in their Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted the goal should have stood as Sunderland progressed on penalties.

Charlie Austin tapped in at Loftus Road after Albert Adomah’s deflected shot landed in his path.

The goal was chalked off and the game finished 0-0 before Sunderland progressed to the quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory.

As quoted by talkSPORT, Austin claimed it was an “appalling decision”.

His manager Mark Warburton backed up his player’s stance as he was left “staggered” that the goal was not allowed to stand.

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Sunderland’s win set up a quarter-final tie with Premier League giants Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Asked for his assessment of the incident after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Hackett said: “He was not offside.

“Effectively being in an offside position is not an offence, he was in an offside position, but he wasn’t active.

“By the time he received the ball, it was the second phase so he was not offside. That goal should have stood, absolutely.”

Sunderland followed up their Carabao Cup success with a 5-1 away defeat to Rotherham United at the weekend.

It was their second defeat by four goals in League One in October after they lost 4-0 to Portsmouth at the beginning of the month.

They are now fifth in the table, five points off leaders Plymouth Argyle.

In other news, Kevin Phillips has claimed Sunderland could lose their star man after confirmed news.