When the goal was disallowed in the first plac yesterday, my initial reaction and opinion was thay we'd got away with one, then when he changed his mind everyone was up and outraged as home crowds would be but I still wasn't sure so decided to check the official wording when I got in last night (albeit blurry wording with a few beers in the system).
A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:
* interfering with play or
* interfering with an opponent or
* gaining an advantage by being in that position
That's not very helpful because most people know that. But then the FA have an 'interpretations' leaflet on the rules which says:
“interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent from
playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s
line of vision or movements or making a gesture or movement which, in
the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent
The last three words are the key for me, Evans is only in such a position where he miskicks the ball because Cisse is there, if Cisse wasn't stood in the offside position then Evans wouldn't have been pushing and pulling trying to get back ball-side of him, so he's surely got to be interfering with an opponent?
Back at work today with talkSport on in the office and the reaction has also been both ways on there with more believing it should have been a goal than not.
The fact there has been debate about it means the rules are wrong to me, a rule should be a rule that is either abided or not, there shouldn't be such a grey area, so goal or not?
First reaction for me was goal, changed my mind since.
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