COLCHESTER and Tranmere fans witnessed what seems to be an unbelievable optical illusion on Saturday's League Two match at the Colchester Community Stadium.
The hosts earned a penalty in the 65th minute and Connor Hall celebrated passionately with a usual fist bump.
But he did it right next to Tranmere's Tom Davies, who momentarily reacted with shock but stayed on his feet.
Many argue that Hall actually punched Davies in the ribs during his celebration.
Some fans took to Twitter to complain as they insist the striker should have been sent off with a straight red.
They also praised Davies' toughness as the defender didn't go down or dive to simulate a red card.
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One fan said: "Surely that is a straight RED for the Colchester lad…that did not seem like punching the air from the Tranmere players [sic] face…"
Another posted: "Absolute disgraceful so unprofessional and this is unsportsmanship.
"The FA needs to take a good hard look at this and for me a charge for the player is fully deserved it’s wrong and unacceptable it’s assault tbh."
A third commented: "This is actually proper bad, hope it does get looked into EFL. Fair play to the lad for not making a big deal out of it."
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This fan said: "Definitely malicious this, fair play to the Tranmere player staying on his feet, think he was too shocked to react."
And that one tweeted: "Three match ban for violent conduct."
However, there are also many fans who insist this is nothing but an optical illusion.
They claim Hall was actually celebrating and there is no chance he could have punched Davies or else the Tranmere ace would have collapsed under excruciating pain.
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One fan tweeted: "He pulls his hand away at the last instant. Davies reacts with shock but not pain. Colchester lucky that didn't make contact."
Another wrote: "Calm down, calm down, Never touched him."
A third posted: "I don’t think he touched him…"
This supporter said: "Doesn’t touch him. Wants to, but pulls it back."
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And that one tweeted: "Look closely, he does not hit him, he in fact scares [Davies]. Its [sic] like an optical illusion.
Noah Chilvers then scored from the spot to cancel out Tranmere ace Harvey Read Saunders' opener and earn Colchester an important point from their 1-1 draw.
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