Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has been discussing the controversial goal scored by Cedric Itten for Rangers on Sunday.
The 24-year-old equalised for the away team in the 72nd minute of the game after Devante Cole had given hosts Motherwell the lead midway through the first half, with Itten’s goal keeping Rangers’ unbeaten record in the Scottish Premiership intact (BBC).
Should Rangers have kept Itten?
However, the goal should have been ruled out for offside, given the letter of the law and would almost certainly have been chalked off by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) if they were operating in Scotland.
Speaking to This is Futbol, Halsey discussed whether VAR would have made a difference in terms of making the final decision and ultimately whether the goal should have stood:
“Obviously, there’s no VAR, so assistants are always told to give the benefit of the doubt to the attackers. And, in that situation, it is very, very tight.
“So, I don’t think you can blame the assistant in that situation because the movement is so quick, the ball is coming over, players stop, there are players running.
“I think, obviously, had VAR been in operation in Scotland, then that goal would have been ruled out. It’s no question, no question. So, it’s one of those. VAR would have come in and ruled it out, but at the same time, it was very, very tight and we go on about giving the benefit of doubt to the attackers, so we can’t have it both ways.”
Halsey suggests goal should have been ruled out
Based off of his comments, Halsey has suggested that the goal, by the letter of the law, should not have been given and as such Steven Gerrard’s men would have ultimately lost the match and seen their unbeaten run in the SPFL ended.
However, the officials did not have the benefit of VAR to fall back on, and they stuck with a decision that they believed was correct.
Ultimately, the goal should not have stood, but the Ibrox faithful will not care in the slightest given that they managed to take a point out of the game and thus maintain their unbeaten record in the league.
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