CHRIS FOY: The decision to award Bruno Fernandes’ goal in the Manchester derby was correct
CHRIS FOY: The decision to award Bruno Fernandes’ goal was correct, Marcus Rashford did not interfere with play and there is no reason why it should not have stood
It’s no surprise that opinions are divided over Manchester United’s equaliser but I can see absolutely no reason why the goal should not have stood.
Assistant Darren Cann raised his flag after Bruno Fernandes put the ball in the net, because Marcus Rashford had been in an offside position when the ball was played through.
Referee Stuart Attwell consulted Cann and between them they agreed that Rashford had not touched the ball nor had any impact on a City player.
There absolutely no reason why Bruno Fernandes’ equalising goal should not have stood
The offside law, Law 11, says a player can be penalised if he’s interfering with an opponent by making an obvious action ‘which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball’.
Attwell and Cann concluded that had not happened and then the VAR — Michael Oliver in this case — will have checked the footage. And he will have decided that the officials on the pitch had not made a clear and obvious error with their decision.
It’s subjective, of course it is. But as I say, no reason why the goal shouldn’t stand.
The referees followed the law as they deemed Marcus Rashford did not interfere with play
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