Euro 2012 Snapshot: They Think It’s Ball Over… It Is Now!

Chris Wright

20th, June 2012

9 Comments

By Chris Wright

They think it’s ball over… it is now!* Did Marco Devic’s deflected, looping shot cross the line? Yep. You bet your sweet posterior it did (click for the full-size image)…

Oleg Blokhin bloody well knew it as well, raging at a post-match press conference: “There are five referees on the pitch and the ball is 50cms behind the goal-line. Why do we need five officials? They don’t spot anything.” before offering one of the more snippy journalists outside for a ‘one-on-one man conversation.’

Doesn’t matter though, because Artem Milevskiy was offside in the build-up – so that, in the grand cosmic scheme of things, makes it all square…

Because that’s how these things work.

(*Sincere apologies for that terrible pun – it seemed like an absolute gem in the pub last night)

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  1. Toz says:

    I’d knock this down as just some seriously bad refereeing and leave it at that, but than that absolute dipshit Rio had to open his mouth. Claiming it was karma.

  2. Mr. Chopper says:

    YEAH BUT IF IT HAD HAVE BEEN A GOAL IN SOUTH AFRICA THEN WE WOULD HAVE HAD THE MOMENTUM AND GONE ON TO WIN AND ROONEY WOULDN’T HAVE NEEDED THAT HAIR TRANSPLANT AND NOW HE DOES BUT THE GUY WAS OFFSIDE SO I’D SAY THAT WAS ALL SQUARE

  3. Rooney Toons says:

    And I say again:

    Seriously… Nobody else saw that the guy was offside before his “goal”? Am I the only one? Has the offside law changed again?

  4. Titus says:

    That one linesman on this side of the pitch was utterly useless. He missed 4 offside calls that I can remember off the top of my head throughout the match, including the one cited in the article. I’d be interested to know if he ever once actually flagged anyone for being offside in this match.

  5. Grant says:

    So what you’re saying is if one official hadn’t made a terrible blunder, then the terrible blunder made by the other official either wouldn’t have happened or wouldn’t have mattered at all. CondescendingWonkaPleaseTellMeHowWeDontNeedToRemoveTheHumanElementFromTheGame.jpg

  6. Terry Shedingham says:

    Don’t worry Chris, your pun is streets ahead of the one on the front of this morning’s Metro: “Taste of Terry’s all-no-goaled”

    …what?

  7. Nuno says:

    @Rooney Toons
    So you’re implying the goal line ref saw he was offside and, in a justice act, chose not to validate the goal?
    The point here is that the goal line ref has the obligation to see that the ball crossed the line. It’s basically the only thing he has to do and they were brought as an excuse not to use the goal line technology. As we can see, not even that works (too much white in front of him?).
    If it was goal we might be debating that the guy was offside but, to me, that would be a smaller mistake (it’s a clearence from the defender on the other side of the pitch).

  8. Joachim Loew says:

    England scream blue murder when its against them but when it goes in their favour they couldn’t care less. They were poor for the game, never really had a go. They might have been out on their feet had Ukraine gotten the goal. Then again they mightn’t have been. All I know is Germany had England well licked in the game at the last World Cup and that goal/not-a-goal wouldn’t have made a difference. Excuses, excuses, etc.

  9. Terry Shedingham says:

    “England scream blue murder when its against them but when it goes in their favour they couldn’t care less”

    I think you’re describing how pretty much ANY team would react in that situation. And bringing up that Germany game – talk about beating a dead horse.

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