How new offside rule left football confused and angry
Twitter was left bemused last night when officials failed to enforce a new interpretation of the offside rule which should have chalked off Christian Benteke's goal.
Under the new ruling, which was brought in before the start of the season, Philippe Coutinho's attempt to make contact with the cross meant he should have been flagged for offside.
Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, was left fuming after the decision, and will seek an official explanation as to why the goal was allowed to stand.
The offside rule was updated in an attempt to simplify adjudicating for officials, however the change appears to have made the law no clearer.
Gary Neville led the condemnation of football's rule makers on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.
He said: "They c--k around with it every year but they never make it better.
"Coutinho might not have touched the ball, but he moved towards it and attempted to play it. It is a clip of film that will probably be played at the next referees' meeting."
In the ensuing confusion that followed the Belgian's goal, Twitter attempted to get to grips with the changes to the offside law...
That goal was offside, under the Premier League's new rules. Coutinho clearly makes an action towards the ball. Unlucky, Bournemouth— The Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) August 17, 2015
Pretty sure that's offside under new offside rules - Coutinho makes a move towards the ball and thus interfering.— DAVID JONES (@DavidJonesSky) August 17, 2015
The officials obviously haven't read the new offside rules... #LFC— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) August 17, 2015
The decision to change the particulars of the offside law had plenty of people sympathising with the officials...
Enough already with this media rage at offside goal. It was a marginal decision, spotted only in slow-mo replays. Give officials a break— Tim Lezard (@TolpuddleTim) August 18, 2015
Can see this new offside rule causing chaos this season. Feel sorry for the officials. Speed of the game can kill them.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 17, 2015
Why do they think it's a good idea to give officials discretion (eg offside)? It's a terrible idea. Puts more pressure on them. Laws better.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) August 17, 2015