'Utterly ridiculous': Football world erupts over VAR controversy

Football fans are raging over Liverpool's winning penalty in the UEFA Super Cup that many say should not have been allowed to stand.

Champions League winners Liverpool claimed the trophy against Europa League holders Chelsea via penalty shootout, after the match in Istanbul finished 2-2 after extra time.

However, the winning save from Reds goalkeeper Adrian was mired in controversy.

Tammy Abraham was the unfortunate Chelsea player to have his match-defining spot kick saved but replays showed Adrian was off his line before the Blues striker took his shot.

Inexplicably, the goal was allowed to stand, leaving fans to vent their disapproval on social media.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was at the centre of another controversy when Adrian conceded a penalty in extra time.

Reds keeper at centre of second VAR drama

Starting in place of the injured Alisson, Adrian was called for a controversial foul just moments after Liverpool had taken the lead in extra time through Sadio Mane.

Adrian was deemed to have taken down Abraham as the Chelsea striker chased down a ball in the box, but replays showed that there was minimal contact between the goalkeeper and the forward.

Liverpool's win did not come without controversy. Pic: Twitter/Getty

After a brief delay, Chelsea's penalty was confirmed with Jorginho stepping up to the spot and burying it past a helpless Adrian to level the scoreline at 2-2.

The incident led to outrage on social media as fans debated the effectiveness of the video technology.

VAR controversies aside, the match was a relatively clean one for referee Stephanie Frappart, who become the first female to officiate a major UEFA men's match by taking charge of the European showpiece.

Chelsea opened the scoring in the 36th minute through Olivier Giroud with an assist from Christian Pulisic in his first Chelsea start.

Liverpool then fired back early in the second half with substitute Roberto Firmino finding Mane to level the score.

Mane then gave Liverpool the lead with a rocket of a finish just moments into extra time before Abraham drew the controversial foul on Adrian that allowed Chelsea to send the match to penalties.

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