Two Premier League goals were wrongly allowed to stand for over the weekend under new rules concerning opposing players interfering with defensive walls at direct free-kicks.
Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez both scored free-kicks which should have been disallowed according to a new regulation from the International Football Association Board.
But the infractions were seemingly not spotted by the referees or picked up by VAR.
The IFAB’s new law 13.3 reads: “If, when a free kick is taken, an attacking team player is less than one metre (one yard) from a ‘wall’ formed by three or more defending team players, an indirect free kick is awarded.”
That means that Aubameyang’s late winner for Arsenal shouldn’t have stood, as Villa had five men in their wall and Calum Chambers and David Luiz were in breach of the new rule, according to the Independent.
Villa defender Tyrone Mings appeared to remonstrate with referee Jon Moss in the immediate aftermath as the Gunners celebrated the goal.
It was also pointed out on Twitter that Manchester City midfielder disrupted the Watford wall when Mahrez fired in a free-kick during the Premier League champions’ 8-0 win on Saturday.
But while some Watford fans blasted the decision, others were more concerned with their team’s defensive performance.
One said: “Whose the Watford player who tries to get out the way when the balls about to hit him? Sums up everything wrong with the attitude at the minute. #watfordfc ”
Another said: “That’s another clear error. Didn’t notice at the time. At least this one wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game. BUT our players need to call that out to the ref.”
And another pointed out that Rodri should have been pulled up by referee Mike Dean for appearing to push the wall apart.
He tweeted: “Even if he were still allowed to stand there, which he isn’t, he physically barges a defender out of the way, which is a foul, so there are 2 infringements here that were missed! If the on-field ref missed it surely VAR should pick this up, inform the ref and the goal disallowed?”