Indeed, better than that, the Chairboys defender wasn’t given punished with a foul against him in the key incident during the second half.
Yet match referee Ben Speedie didn’t even think it warranted a free-kick, let alone a red card for Wycombe’s last covering defender – something which enraged Pompey boss Danny Cowley.
Indeed, he – along with brother Nicky – were subsequently booked for their protests, which proved as equally baffling.
Commenting on the incident on Twitter, Blues fans Mark Somerset wrote: ‘Hirst's shirt yanked half way up his chest through on goal. Linesman a perfect view of it. No foul. Standard of officiating is a joke.’
Meanwhile, @84Knight wrote: ‘That is blatant cheating by the officials. How can that not be a foul? It’s a red card offence.’
The incident could have changed the shape of he game, with the visitors remaining with 11 players on the pitch as they closed out a goalless draw.
That point will do Pompey no favours as they look up at the play-off places.
But they can justifiably feel aggrieved after the key moment in the second period.
Blues fan ‘Pompey in Canberra’ has since posted footage of the incident on Twitter – and there’s no doubt Tafazolli got away with one.
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