MARK CLATTENBURG: The PGMOL hid behind the idea that Tyrone Mings ‘deliberately’ played the ball – now they are admitting they were wrong in allowing Bernardo Silva’s goal to stand in the first place against Aston Villa
I said at the time that letting Manchester City’s goal stand was the wrong call. PGMOL tried to justify it by explaining the law and their interpretation of it.
They hid behind the idea that Tyrone Mings ‘deliberately’ played the ball.
But by now saying this would be offside from now on, they are admitting they were in the wrong. It’s only right that situations such as this would result in an offside.
Aston Villa were angered after Rodri teed up Manchester City’s first goal despite being offside
Manchester City’s Rodri was clearly in an offside position before he stole the ball off Mings
Rodri set up Bernardo Silva’s 79th-minute strike in City’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the Etihad
Rodri (left) was not deemed offside as he had ‘not gained an advantage’ said the PGMOL
That is what everyone associated with football would expect to happen.
Mings chested the ball but was challenged immediately by Rodri, which prevented him from gaining control of it. He was then robbed of possession and City gained an advantage.
At least now we know this would be offside in the future.
Mings branded the rule as ‘nonsense’ and the PGMOL hid behind his ‘actions’ to justify the goal