Constable frustrated as Oxford United hit by 'ghost goal'

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OXFORD United will be hoping tomorrow’s officials have their eyes peeled after a controversial incident in the 3-2 defeat to Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day.

Just after falling behind, James Constable powered a header which hit the underside of the crossbar.

Referee Andy Davies allowed play to continue, but footage appeared to show the ball had crossed the line.

Constable was frustrated, but admitted it was not clear at the time, tweeting: “I wasn’t sure, thought it was close but couldn’t see through all the bodies! Linesman had the best view!”

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9:50am Sat 28 Dec 13

Joe1 says...

Just add's to the fans frustration not to say the players, about time we have what the premier League have to monitor this type of situation. Play the game again!!!!!
Just add's to the fans frustration not to say the players, about time we have what the premier League have to monitor this type of situation. Play the game again!!!!! Joe1

10:11am Sat 28 Dec 13

Manor Born says...

Camera angles can be deceptive. The laws of the game state that the whole ball must cross the line & if there is any doubt, then benefit of the doubt should be given to the defending side. From this angle, it may look like the ball has crossed the line, but the view from above will show an entirely different perspective. England 1966 springs to mind.

This video is an excellent demonstration on this:

https://vine.co/v/hD
ql5zJnbrt
Camera angles can be deceptive. The laws of the game state that the whole ball must cross the line & if there is any doubt, then benefit of the doubt should be given to the defending side. From this angle, it may look like the ball has crossed the line, but the view from above will show an entirely different perspective. England 1966 springs to mind. This video is an excellent demonstration on this: https://vine.co/v/hD ql5zJnbrt Manor Born

11:24am Sat 28 Dec 13

87oufc says...

Manor Born wrote:
Camera angles can be deceptive. The laws of the game state that the whole ball must cross the line & if there is any doubt, then benefit of the doubt should be given to the defending side. From this angle, it may look like the ball has crossed the line, but the view from above will show an entirely different perspective. England 1966 springs to mind.

This video is an excellent demonstration on this:

https://vine.co/v/hD

ql5zJnbrt
I was going to say the same thing.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Camera angles can be deceptive. The laws of the game state that the whole ball must cross the line & if there is any doubt, then benefit of the doubt should be given to the defending side. From this angle, it may look like the ball has crossed the line, but the view from above will show an entirely different perspective. England 1966 springs to mind. This video is an excellent demonstration on this: https://vine.co/v/hD ql5zJnbrt[/p][/quote]I was going to say the same thing. 87oufc

12:37pm Sat 28 Dec 13

DMN1968 says...

I was sat in the corner of the South Stand in the upper tier right in line with the goal line. I can confirm that the ball definitely did not cross the line - after hitting the crossbar it bounced about a foot on the pitch.

No one around me who had an equally clear view was of the opinion the ball was even near crossing the line either. If it had crossed the line, there would have been a lot of whinging from this section of the crowd.

Hope that clears things up.
I was sat in the corner of the South Stand in the upper tier right in line with the goal line. I can confirm that the ball definitely did not cross the line - after hitting the crossbar it bounced about a foot on the pitch. No one around me who had an equally clear view was of the opinion the ball was even near crossing the line either. If it had crossed the line, there would have been a lot of whinging from this section of the crowd. Hope that clears things up. DMN1968

10:58pm Sat 28 Dec 13

DuberryandBeanofan says...

I thought that it was a goal, but what do I know? I'm just a girl who is an avid Oxford fan.
I thought that it was a goal, but what do I know? I'm just a girl who is an avid Oxford fan. DuberryandBeanofan

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