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Liverpool WAG blasts Premier League referee during nervy win over Aston Villa
13/12/2021 14:04:09

Liverpool fans were left furious with the standard of refereeing during their 1-0 win over Aston Villa and amongst the disgruntled voices was Fabinho’s wife, Rebecca Tavares.

The Brazilian played the full 90 minutes at Anfield on Saturday and his better half was watching on from the stands.

Rebeca, who hails from the South American nation like the Liverpool star, has become a popular figure amongst the club’s fans since his arrival from Monaco in 2018.

The Reds WAG can often be seen posting updates on social media celebrating their goals and regularly attends home matches at Anfield.

And clearly, the events during Saturday’s match in front of the Kop proved too much for Tavares as she made clear her frustration with the referee, Stuart Attwell.

Fabinho's wife, Rebeca Tavares, hit out at referee Stuart Attwell

Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty was enough to hand the Reds all three points on Steven Gerrard’s return to Merseyside.

But it could have gone a different way had Villa been more lethal in front of goal, with the Midlands side also contesting some late decisions from the officials.

The hosts felt they should have had at least one penalty from three incidents in the first half alone, which would have surely resulted in a more comfortable ending to the game.

First, Sadio Mane claimed he had his shirt tugged inside the box before there were two separate challenges on left-back Andy Robertson that went unpunished.

Referee Stuart Attwell was hammered by Liverpool fans after his decisions

Jurgen Klopp vented his fury on the touchline along with his assistant Pepijn Lijnders, while Robertson confronted Attwell at the interval as the teams walked off the pitch.

In the early stages of the second-half, supporters became even more agitated as the visitors’ time wasting went unpunished with the score deadlocked at 0-0.

Reds fans took to social media in their droves to register their unhappiness with the decisions going against them — and Tavares decided to air her thoughts too.

Rebeca Tavares aimed jibes at Stuart Attwell

"Come on REF, are you here?” she tweeted via her official account.

She then followed up to her original tweet with another jibe at Attwell, writing; “Not today ref.”

Whether it was Tavares’ words from afar or Liverpool’s determination to get in front is unknown, but the message got through.

Attwell finally pointed to the spot on 65 minutes when Mohamed Salah was adjudged to have been fouled by Tyrone Mings inside the box.

The 29-year-old stepped up and made no mistake to score his 13th Premier League goal of the season.

But Tavares was not the only one left feeling hard done by from Attwell’s decisions at the final whistle.

The visitors had a penalty shout turned down when Alisson Becker appeared to bring down Danny Ings after the ball pinged around the Liverpool area.

Steven Gerrard made clear his displeasure at the decision after tasting defeat on his Anfield homecoming.

"The penalty was a bit of a road block for us,” he told BBC Match of the Day.

“I’m disappointed that the referee hasn’t at least had a look at it [on the monitor]. We feel a bit hard done by.”

The win means that Liverpool keep the pressure up on league leaders Manchester City along with Chelsea, with only a point separating the three teams at the summit.

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