Football laws say Marcus Rashford’s goal against Man City shouldn’t have stood

Football laws say Marcus Rashford’s goal against Man City shouldn’t have stood

Football laws say Marcus Rashford’s goal against Man City shouldn’t have stood

This is undoubtedly the main talking point of Manchester derby on Saturday – should Bruno Fernandes’ equalizer have stood?

In the 78th minute at Old Trafford, the Portuguese midfielder passed Ederson with a fine finish. But the goal was shrouded in controversy after many felt Rashford was interfering with play.

The England international didn’t touch the ball after coming clear from an offside position, but some were convinced he played a part in obstructing City’s defense before Fernandes fired home.

In fact, former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech took to social media after the full-time whistle to offer his thoughts on the incident. He wrote: “United’s first goal just proved that the people who make the rules don’t understand the game.”

After the linesman initially ruled out the strike for offside, VAR was consulted and referee Stuart Attwell allowed the goal.

So what do the laws say about Rashford’s involvement in the goal?

According to FIFA, a player is actively interfering with play if he touches the ball after it has been passed to him by a teammate.

However, a player can also influence play without touching the ball, and should therefore be taken offside if the referee feels that his offside position has interfered with an opponent – for example by preventing the opponent from playing the ball or obstructing a goalkeeper’s line of sight. vision.

  • a player leaving or standing in an offside position hinders an opponent and interferes with the opponent’s movement towards the ball it is an offside offense if it impacts the player’s ability opponent to play or challenge the ball Ball; if the player moves into the path of an opponent and impedes the opponent’s progress (e.g. blocks the opponent), the offense should be penalized under Law 12

It also says the following:

“A player in an offside position when the ball is played or touched by a team-mate is only penalized if he engages in active play by:

  • interfere with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a teammate or
  • interfere with an opponent by:
  • prevent an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s field of vision or
  • challenge an opponent for the ball or
  • clearly attempting to play a ball that is close when that action impacts an opponent or
  • take an obvious action that clearly impacts an opponent’s ability to play the ball
  • gain an advantage by playing the ball or interfering with an opponent when they have:
  • rebounded or was deflected off the goal post, crossbar or an opponent
  • been deliberately saved by an adversary”

That being said, VAR Michael Oliver thought Rashford hadn’t interfered enough in the game to disallow the goal, which kept him going. If you watch the clip, neither City defender was able to touch the ball and deflect it away from Fernandes when he hit the shot.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola felt the goal should not have stood. In his post-match interview with BT Sport, the Spaniard said: “Rashford was offside. He distracted our goalkeeper and defenders.”

Bruno Fernandes also commented on the incident saying: “I think because I was facing goal Marcus thought I was in a better position.

“I didn’t know if any of us were offside or not, but it didn’t make a difference because nobody was close to him, so the team [Man City] must defend. The only relative was someone close to me.”

Here’s how social media reacted to the incident.

One fan said: “I really have no idea what the law of offside is if Rashford is not deemed to interfere with play or his actions impact a defender. “

A second wrote: “Regardless of the ruling – which was wrong at IMO – the law itself is a joke. Rashford clearly has an advantage from being offside and the goal stems from that advantage. The IFAB must continue with this review of offside.”

A third commented: “Walker and Akanji are slowing down because Rashford is in the way. Rashford is offside. SHOCKING decision.”

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