The Real Footie Analyst

Graham Poll: Portuguese assistant helped United progress

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has praised the linesman who correctly awarded Manchester United with their first goal in last night’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

Earlier in the match the Portuguese linesman flagged Javier Hernandez offside, a decision that denied Manchester United the opening goal, and although it was a borderline call, Poll claims it was a correct one.

Moments later and on the stroke of halftime, Manchester United opened their account when Ryan Giggs picked out the diminutive Mexican again. Inconclusive replays hinted at a very marginal offside call, but Poll believes both calls were spot on.

Poll told the Daily Mail: “An eagle-eyed Portuguese assistant referee helped Manchester United to progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

“He was right to disallow the home side’s ‘goal’ after 27 minutes because Javier Hernandez’s head was closer to the goal-line than the head of the second last defender.

“When the lawmakers defined which part of the body should be used to judge offside we all thought they were being pedantic – after last night it is clear why the regulation is important.

“The same assistant referee got the law right again by giving the benefit of the doubt to Hernandez when even slow motion failed to show clearly if he was offside when scoring United’s opening goal from Ryan Giggs’ pass.”


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