Sunday 24 September 2017

Can Manchester City feel hard done by after this controversially disallowed goal?

By Max McLean

Goal? No goal?

In important games, an FA Cup semi-final for example, the big decisions seem just that bit bigger than normal – Arsenal v Manchester City was no exception.

The moment in question came in the first half with the scores at 0-0 and City on the break – a Leroy Sane cross was clipped in, before Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling got the ball over the line between them.

But to Pep Guardiola’s disappointment, the linesman ruled that Sane’s cross had gone out of play – did it? See for yourself.

It looks as though the ball just about stayed in play, meaning that a goal should have been given – with Aguero and Sterling both putting the ball over line in their own way, a goal was certainly the order of the day.

Understandably, some City fans were irritated by the decision.

But other fans recognised the tricky nature of making such a decision in real time – it’s a lot clearer with a slow motion video clip.

City did eventually take the lead in the second half, but after 120 minutes of play, lost 2-1 after this winner from Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Is it time officials received help from video technology?

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