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 Another change in the Laws
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 17:02

I don`t think this was discussed on this Forum at the time but BBC Sport are now reporting the following:-

`Football authorities have sought to clarify a law that allowed Bernardo Silva to score a highly controversial goal for Manchester City against Aston Villa in their 2-0 win last week.

City`s Rodri was returning from an offside position when he dispossessed Villa defender Tyrone Mings, who had controlled an aerial pass forward with his chest. Rodri set up Silva and City went 1-0 up.

The Villa bench was enraged and boss Dean Smith was sent off for his protests, which included asking fourth officials "whether they got juggling balls for Christmas". He was subsequently charged by the FA with using abusive or insulting language. At the time, by the letter of the law, the goal was legitimate, because Mings played the ball deliberately and so the offside player is deemed not to have gained an advantage.

But referees group the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, rulemakers the International Football Association Board, and European governing body Uefa have since offered clarification on how such an incident should be interpreted in the future.

"Where a player in an offside position immediately impacts on an opponent who has deliberately played the ball, the match officials should prioritise challenging an opponent for the ball, and thus the offside offence of `interfering with an opponent by impacting on the opponent`s ability to play the ball` should be penalised."

The statement from the Premier League added: "Accordingly, if a similar situation to the one involving Rodri`s impact on Mings occurred in a future match, then the impact would be penalised for offside."`

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 Re: Another change in the Laws
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 17:09

Clearly explained here ?


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 Re: Another change in the Laws
Topic Originator: pars4life1  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 17:15

Refs should be standing strong to their word. Bowing to media pressure and changing their interpretation mid-season isn’t the way to act. Once the rules for the current season have been agreed they should be applied as much as possible for the full season.

FWIW the rules as they stand were entirely correct in allowing the goal to stand. It fitted the formula of the examples provided at the time(which was several years ago) that allowed players to become involved in play after the opponent deliberately played the ball.

It was a bad change, and should be corrected this summer, but it’s absolute bollocks to allow one thing one week and not the next.

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