Watch: Austin Launches Attack On Officials In Post-Match Interview

Watford climbed up to seventh in the Premier League table after they rescued a point with a late equalizer against Southhampton this afternoon.

The game was marred by controversy as the referee, Simon Hooper, incorrectly ruled a goal from Charlie Austin offside, believing that the ball had touched off Maya Yoshida who was in an offside position.

The goal would have put the Saints 2-0 ahead after Manolo Gabbiadini finished off an effort from close range.

Watford rallied late on and a shot from Jose Holebas took a slight deflection off Cedric Soares and went in to rescue a point, subjecting Southhampton to 17th place in the table.

Austin was, naturally, seething after the final whistle and didn’t hold back when asked for his opinion on the officials.

“It’s ridiculous, they shouldn’t be in the game, We scored a perfectly good goal that was ruled out for offside. The officials cost us two points. They said it was offside, that is a joke.”

“People go on about VAR, they clearly need help. If this is the best, most-watched league in the world then give them all the help they need. It is a joke.”

We feel like we have been let down. I started well, worked hard to be up 1-0 at half-time and we stuck to the plan.”

“The performance was there, we can take that away and we should manage the game. I’m angry is what it is, we should have won 2-0.”

Watch the full interview below.

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