Early Doors

Officials make crazy offside gaffe in Manchester City win

Early Doors

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Manchester City's 4-1 win over Southampton took the big spenders to within one point of Premier League leaders Liverpool, who they face next weekend in a title six-pointer.

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While City deserved the victory, there was one major flashpoint, particularly for other teams chasing the title.

With the match neatly poised at 1-1 and half-time approaching, City took the lead in controversial circumstances.

A slick passing move culminated in Samir Nasri sliding the ball home, but fellow midfielder David Silva - whose fine pass sent Nasri through - was offside when he received the ball from Edin Dzeko.

Not marginally offside, or even level as some TV commentators initially tried to claim - no, Silva was a good three yards past the last defender:

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Indeed, Dzeko was level when he backheeled the ball to Silva, so a basic understanding of the rules should have made it clear to the officials.

The only excuse for the lino was that the move happened at such pace that either he failed to track the run of Silva, or failed to see Dzeko's touch, instead thinking he had stepped over the ball.

Saints defender Dejan Lovren was perplexed:

Even City fans agreed:

It was a fine team goal, but it should not have stood. And if City win against Liverpool next Sunday, don't expect this to be the end of the discussion.

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