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Poll: What Controversy?

davor_suker2010-04-29 02:24:34 +0000 #1
Graham Poll admits he can not understand the furore surrounding Arsenal's second goal against Chelsea on Sunday.

Thierry Henry's quickly-taken free kick put The Gunners in front for the second time at Highbury, before Chelsea snatched a point in the second half.

The French ace was given the option of waiting for Chelsea to line up their wall, or being able to take a speedy set-piece, with Henry gleefully accepting the latter choice.

But Blues boss Jose Mourinho and beaten goalkeeper Petr Cech have been scathing in their assessment of Poll for allowing the free kick to be taken.

The issue has prompted sustained debate over the merits of Poll's decision but the Tring official is struggling to come to terms with the controversy.

Poll states the laws are clear on such a practice and that Chelsea should have no complaints with the goal as neither he, nor Henry, did anything wrong.

"It came as a disappointment when phone-ins and the messages I received indicated that Henry's second goal was dominating so much of the post-game discussion," wrote Poll in his column in the Daily Telegraph.

"My initial thought was: controversy, what controversy?

"I received numerous requests to explain the situation but I did not speak to television, radio or the written press after the game, despite being 'quoted'.

"The interest in the game was such that while I was very pleased with my overall performance one decision would always be open to debate.

"For the record, Henry did something that any team at any level could have done, the Laws of the Game are the same everywhere in the world at every level.

"I asked the Arsenal striker, as is common practice, if he wanted a quick free kick or to wait for a 'ceremonial' kick.

"Law 13 is straightforward over the issue which surprisingly still becomes controversial when teams concede a goal in such a manner.

"Quick free kicks are legitimate and give a fair advantage back to the team who have been offended against.

"Referees continue to feel frustrated that something as basic as this law continues to throw up controversy.

"Hopefully next time, and there will be a next time, everyone will accept the goal and get on with play without it being the talking point of the match."


boban_102010-04-29 02:27:21 +0000 #2
I think the goal was fair, however Petr Cech and Lampard said that Poll asured them the free kick wont be taken untill the whistle is blowed

So im not quite sure on this one.
porkster1042010-04-29 02:32:49 +0000 #3
The ref denied having agreed that he would blow the whistle first even though that should be the way... But instead, he said that he had given Henry permission and the free kick would be taken without the whistle being blown... So if that's the ref's decision, then what's the big fuss all about??? I just don't get it...

But anyway, it just seems unfair the whistle was not blown...

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