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Crystal Palace Disallowed Goal V Bristol City Causing Drama

August 16, 2009
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Crystal Palace Manager Neil Warnock is still fuming after Freddie Sears’ 34th minute goal in the Eagles match against Bristol City Sunday was disallowed.

The ball ricocheted out of the back of the net, leaving referee Rob Shoebridge believing a Bristol City goal kick was to be awarded.  And in the 89th minute of play, Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard added insult to injury when he put the Robins up 1-nil.

Said Warnock:

“I feel sorry for the referee because he didn’t get any help. But how can I mark him when he spoils an otherwise good display with a mistake of that importance?

“I thought [Bristol City boss] Gary Johnson and his players could have shown more sportsmanship because they knew it was a goal, like everyone else. But I’m 60 years old and maybe I expect too much.”

And now the Crystal Palace manager is petitioning for the match to be replayed and for Shoebridge to be banned from refereeing for at least a year.  And I agree.  Not because Shoebridge disallowed Sears’ goal, but because he recalled a Paul Hartley goal as the Scotsman had been found offside.

We all know Paul Hartley is like 4’10.”  Give the man a few inches; make it fair.  Mmm Paul Hartley…….

Hartley 1Paul, seriously.  Call me.  xx

I’m sure this incident is going to spark conversation about the ongoing debate of how to handle the referee’s inability to be all-seeing.  Two additional referee staff along the goal lines? Instant replay? Continue as is?

What would you do?  Should the match be replayed?  Should Shoebridge be penalized?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2009 6:30 am

    Need to implement that video technology soon to help refs in decision making

  2. August 17, 2009 6:43 am

    This just highlights the requirement of at least the use of additional refs either behind or around the goal line area, as they can be used to also identify clear penalties, or handballs.

  3. August 17, 2009 11:26 am

    how on earth can both the linesman and the referee missed that goal.

  4. August 18, 2009 1:08 pm

    2 additional referees at goal lines for Europa League this year. Platini is dead set against goal line technology so we’ll see if this works…..

  5. August 18, 2009 6:41 pm

    I can feel my technology revolution brooding! I only wrote about this referee quandry just 7 days ago…read it: http://wedontknowfootball.com/2009/08/12/technosoccer/

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