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Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne Bursts Farcical Atalanta ‘Offside Trap’ Wide Open To Settle Coppa Italia Tie (Video)

By Chris Wright

Napoli sashayed past Atalanta and into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday evening, though Lorenzo Insigne’s 72nd minute goal (which saw Napoli go 2-1 up) didn’t pass without causing a smidgen of controversy.

After a fairly listless throughball was dinked over the top of the defence toward the clearly offside Gonzalo Higuain, Atalanta centre-half Cristiano Del Grosso decided to turn his back on play and appeal rather than attempt to clear the situation up first and let the officials do their job.

The rest, as they say, was a little bit farcical…

Of course, the jilted Atalanta players, including Del Grosso (probably to mask his embarrassment more than anything), protested in unison; crowding the linesman and mithering over his decision not to raise his flag.

Alas, however, the official was perfectly correct in not doing so, with Higuain not technically interfering with play as the ball never actually reached him.

Oopsy daisy.

By the way, Jose Callejon’s opener was a bit of alright too…

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By Chris on January 16th, 2014 in FAIL, Funnies, Serie A, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

5 Responses to “Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne Bursts Farcical Atalanta ‘Offside Trap’ Wide Open To Settle Coppa Italia Tie (Video)”

  1. Ryan says:

    There was a lot more interfering with play here than Gouffran did last weekend!

  2. dontmatter says:

    This is offside. The ball was played to the offside player which forced the defender into the bad play in the first place. How is that not offside?

  3. Maria says:

    Have to disagree. Goal shouldn’t have stood as Higuain was clearly active. Had he not been where he was, the defender wouldn’t have let the ball hit him in the back. Higuain directly affected the actions of the defender hence offside should have been called.

    • Peter says:

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Higuain directly affected the actions of the defender<<<<<<<<<<<<

      …and affected the movement of the goalkeeper as well.

      However it was a mistake from the defender that led to the goal.

  4. Karlos says:

    You play to the whistle

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