Once again doubts on the match officials have reared their ugly heads. In Saturday’s English Premier league match between Blackburn Rovers and Everton at Ewood Park, Everton striker Andrew Johnson scored what many thought was the winner with just 7 minutes left on the clock. But the goal was disallowed by the referee’s assistant (linesman) who raised the flag to mark the goal as an offside offence.
Everton manager David Moyes is of course furious that the goal didn’t stand. To him, Johnson had score the winner and the story ends there. The Independent quotes him as saying:
It was onside and there was a minimum of two players playing Andy onside. But that decision could be crucial and I just hope it doesn’t come back to haunt us.
Everton lie fourth in the table, 1 point ahead of their Merseyside rivals Liverpool. The Blues are gunning for a UEFA Champions League place and Moyes would have certainly liked to gain maximum points at Blackburn since that would have increased the gap between them and Liverpool to 3 points.