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Transfer Tavern readers agree that Chelsea goal was illegal

hazard.jpgThe major controversial talking point in the Football Transfer Tavern following last weekend’s Premier League action of course surrounded Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard’s notorious finish.

The strike followed Blues team-mate Samuel Eto’o’s poaching of the ball from David Marshall in the Stamford Bridge fixture with Cardiff City.

While the Bluebirds’ Scottish stopper bounced the ball in the penalty area following his sides’ surprise 1-0 lead – courtesy of Jordon Mutch – Chelsea’s Cameroonian forward Eto’o was waiting menacingly behind seconds later poaching the ball and making a meal of a finish, before Hazard saved him his blushes.

An understandably irate Cardiff boss Malky Mackay lamented the decision of referee Anthony Taylor to allow the goal to stand with the law stating that the football is still deemed within the goalkeeper’s control if he bounces it – as Marshall did.

Now it seems the majority of punters agree with both Mackay and the current regulations after 68% of readers’ votes agreed that the goal was illegal in every sense.

The other 32% of readers’ votes believed the goal wasn’t illegal, was clever and showed plenty of initiative on Eto’o’s part.

Yes, we’re guessing 99% of this portion of the vote was made up of clearly delighted Chelsea fans with their team going on to register a comfortable 4-1 home victory to the disgust of Cardiff supporters.

Stay posted for more Transfer Tavern Polls as we try and gauge the real opinions of avid football fans up and down the land.

Did the majority of Transfer Tavern punters call it right in your opinion? Let us know your thoughts below.

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