Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 16 August 2009

Match Officials Under Review After Disallowed Crystal Palace Goal

30 minutes into the game between Bristol City and Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate, Freddie Sears thought he'd given his side the lead when he knocked the ball into the net from 6 yards out. The ball bounced off the bottom frame at the back of the net and flew out. Referee Rob Shoebridge or his assistants failed to see the ball go into the net and left the team's, fans and Neil Warnock bemused when he pointed to the six yard box and not the centre spot.

Crystal Palace were dominant throughout the first half but couldn't put the ball into the back of the net again and went into the half 0-0. To make things worse for Palace, Nicky Maynard grabbed a late winner for Bristol City and left Neil Warnock fuming after the game:

"We can put a man on the moon, time serves of 100 miles per hour at Wimbledon, yet we cannot place a couple of sensors in a net to show when a goal has been scored."

"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?"

All match officials from yesterday's match have officially been taken off the appointments list whilst the incident is under review.

Last season in the Championship, Stuart Attwell was able to continue refereeing after giving a phantom goal in the match between Reading and Watford.

6 weeks later he was given the task of refereeing the big East Midlands derby between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park where he handed out a questionable red card, several yellow cards and then disallowed 2 legitimate Derby goals. This second example of dreadful officiating didn't stop him from going on to referee in the Premier League later that season.

So can we expect to see punishment to yesterday's officials? Perhaps a slap on the wrist but don't expect much else. Perhaps the old debate on goal line technology will start up again.

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