- Sep 23, 2016
A case in point was against Arsenal earlier this year. PEA was well offside. Liner didn’t flag, Matip put it out for a corner. If Arsenal had scored from that corner it wouldn’t have been called back for the offside and we’d have been punished for the liner’s mistake.It is down to VAR.
Linesmen are not flagging for offside, under instruction to let play continue and let VAR sort it out. However, VAR will only get involved if the ball ends up in the back of the net, so
- if a team has a near miss or gets a shot away, the illusion is created that they have beaten our high line. In reality, they were offside.
- if the ball doesn’t end up in the back of the net, but the team retains possession high up the pitch, they have basically got away with it and haven’t been penalised for the offence.
The end result of both those scenarios if that it looks like we’re dodgy on set pieces, when it’s actually the linesman not doing their bollocking job.