We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…
Keith Hackett has insisted that it was the right decision to allow Leeds United their opening goal against Norwich despite the controversy surrounding Patrick Bamford being offside.
The ex-FIFA official fumed and admitted that he didn’t like the rule, but the law states that Bamford didn’t affect the game or gain the Whites an advantage.
Dean Smith was left fuming as Ozan Kabak headed down despite Bamford being offside behind him, only for Rodrigo to smash home the opener.
“No, because the law is clear if you’re standing in an offside position, you’ve not committed an offence,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.
“That is until you become active, therefore you look at can you play an advantage? You can only gain an advantage if the ball comes off the crossbar or the goalkeeper and he was in an offside position.
“So, is he interfering? You cannot, the law cannot judge and doesn’t allow the referee to judge whether there is a psychological impact, so he’s in an offside position, but he’s not committed an offence in law.
“That is why I don’t like this law, in my days, he would have been given offside because he was in that position but the law changes.”
There you have it, no chance this was being disallowed.
It led to Dean Smith raging and one of his staff even being booked in the dugout after the incident.
Hackett shared that the law has changed so there can be no complaints, but it did feel strange given that the ball over the top was for Bamford, and yet he isn’t deemed to be interfering.
That is exactly the type of luck and decision that hasn’t gone our way so far this season, so it was brilliant that it did in our biggest game yet.
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