This is an interesting one. De Bruyne lofts a ball into Sané’s path. He is clearly not offside.
Karius punches the ball, but only manages to clear it 6 yards. It hits Milner and bounces back toward Sané, who is in an offside position when the ball hits Milner.
Many people do not understand that Sané is in an offside position at this point because the goalkeeper is actually the second-last defender in this case.
However – here’s another thing many people do not understand – Sané is not committing an offside offence because the ball came off Milner. Being in an offside position is not the same as committing an offside offence. Law 11 clearly states offside is determined by when the ball is played a teammate, so the relevant instant of play is actually a few seconds earlier when De Bruyne initially lofts the ball toward Sané, and he is not in an offside position then.
Unlike Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane was not offside because he was not doing anything obvious to influence play. Dejan Lovren miskicked the ball on his own without any help.
Of course, the exchange between Jon Moss and his assistant Eddie Smart did not really help Moss’ not-so-great reputation.
This was not a good weekend for the Premier League referees, also known as the
Not-So-Select Group. First, not even a minute had been played when Anthony Knockaert straightened his leg with a stamping motion and went studs-first into Luka Milivojević’s groin, turning a 50-50 challenge into 100-0. Somehow Craig Pawson only produced a yellow.
Knockaert then scored the winning goal.
Over at St. James’ Park, England number 1 Jordan Pickford was apparently playing rugby when he denied Salomón Rondón an open goal. Lee Mason didn’t even book him! At least he gave a penalty.
Pickford then saved the subsequent penalty.
Later in that match, 5 Newcastle players were in offside positions when Rondón received the ball before Ayoze Pérez scored the winning goal.
As Spurs went Spursy again, Moussa Sissoko lost his head, swiping and raking at Nathan Redmond’s feet multiple times, then shoved him and headbutted him when Redmond expressed his objections. Kevin Friend incredibly booked both of them.
And then there’s the Raheem Sterling offside. Watford had been keeping Manchester City off the scoresheet until then.
Let’s go through this line by line:
- interfering with an opponent by challenging an opponent for the ball – YES
- clearly attempting to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent – YES
- making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball – YES
It doesn’t get any clearer than this.
And then on Sunday, James Tarkowski took a piggy back ride on Alisson like a toddler as a Burnley corner floated into the goal. Neither Andre Marriner nor his assistants saw this or saw this as a foul.
But there is no need for any form of replay whatsoever to assist the referees because it’ll “change the game.”