Referee Lee Mason will not be the fourth official for Sunday’s Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool at Bramall Lane.
The official, who was supposed to be supporting referee Jonathon Moss, has withdrawn from duties with an injury sustained during Saturday’s match between West Brom and Brighton.
The Hawthorns contest saw Brighton defender Lewis Dunk score a quick free-kick in the first-half, which Mason disallowed before changing his mind and awarding the goal.
However, after VAR checked the goal, Mason had to blow his whistle again to confirm it had been ruled out, sparking angry reactions from the Brighton players.
Dunk described the decision to rule out the goal as ‘horrendous’ and claimed the referee lost control of the game, which the hosts won 1-0.
Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck also missed penalties as Brighton remain four points above the Premier League relegation zone.
It all came after Kyle Bartley’s early winner gave Albion just their second victory under Sam Allardyce, leaving them eight points from safety.
Dunk’s comments come after Wolves boss Nuno was fined £25,000 for saying in December that Mason is not good enough to be in the Premier League.
The defender told Sky Sports: “It’s embarrassing, it’s a horrendous decision, I said to the ref ‘can I take it?’ he blew his whistle and I took it.
“Why doesn’t he come and speak to the press like me? Never, they hide behind their bubble.
“I don’t think he knew what he was doing. He gave the goal, why did he give it? I don’t know why VAR was getting involved, he said ‘goal’… you can look on the video if you want.
Asked if Mason lost control of the game Dunk said: “Yeah he did. Fact.”