After the long and let’s face it, unwanted international break, punters in the Football Transfer Tavern were delighted that domestic action was back at the weekend and there certainly wasn’t a shortage of drama, debate and controversy.
On a weekend whereby Arsenal reaffirmed their title credentials while Manchester United choked once more – this time to Southampton – it was Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge that played host to the most controversial scene of the weekend action.
After Jordon Mutch put Cardiff City into a surprise early lead in West London, it was the Blues’ equalising goal that caused all the controversy. Pints were thrown while all hell broke loose between the English and Welsh contingents by the bar on Saturday afternoon.
A casual David Marshall in the Bluebirds goal was bouncing the ball in his own penalty area ahead of a goal kick when Samuel Eto’o stole in to steal the ball away from the Scot while setting up Eden Hazard who completed a one two with the Cameroonian before stroking past the helpless Marshall.
An irate Scottish goalkeeper and an even angrier Malky Mackay lamented referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to let the goal stand with the law stating that the ball is deemed in the goalkeeper’s control if he bounces it – as Marshall did.
However Chelsea went on to record a comfortable 4-1 victory and an angered Cardiff couldn’t retrace their early game poise.
Eto’o hasn’t been the first to try the trick with former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry stealing the ball in similar fashion against then Blackburn Rovers’ goalkeeper Brad Friedel in 2003 but on that occasion, the goal was disallowed and according to the letter of the law, Cardiff were hard done by on Saturday afternoon.
However the Transfer Tavern is asking you, the punters, to forget the law for a moment and decide whether the goal should have stood in terms of cleverness or like a true jobsworth, should have been banished by the failing referee.
To register your all important vote, simply visit the Transfer Tavern’s home page, scroll to the bottom right hand corner, click in the circle of the option you are selecting as your answer and hit vote!
Voting will close at 09:00 on Tuesday 29th October.
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