Leeds to demand an explanation from the Premier League and PGMOL as to why Patrick Bamford’s goal against Crystal Palace was ruled out for a minimal offside
- Leeds’ Patrick Bamford had a goal ruled out at Crystal Palace for a tight offside
- With Leeds losing 1-0, Bamford’s outstretched arm was offside but not his body
- VAR referee Mike Dean chalked the goal off after no on-field decision was made
- Marcelo Bielsa’s side went down 4-1 to Roy Hodgson’s Palace side on Saturday
- Leeds will write to the league and the PGMOL wanting more clarity on the call
Leeds are planning to write to the Premier League and PGMOL requesting more clarity on VAR Mike Dean’s decision after Patrick Bamford had a goal was controversially ruled out against Crystal Palace.
Striker Bamford was deemed to be offside after pointing to teammate Mateusz Klich where he wanted a through ball to be played.
Dean deemed that Bamford’s gesture put the top of his arm behind Palace’s last defender and the goal was chalked off.
Leeds will write to the Premier League and PGMOL over Patrick Bamford’s disallowed goal
Bamford’s arm (number 9 above) was the only part of him that was offside for the ‘goal’
Following a change to the interpretation of the handball rule ahead of this season, Bamford could score with that part of his arm so was ruled offside.
The decision sparked a huge backlash led by Bamford who said: ‘I thought it was just a formality checking it. I thought it would be fine. I’ve been playing seven years and I don’t understand the rule now.
‘Nobody really knows. The ref when I asked him didn’t really know. I’m not just saying it because it’s my goal but I’ve seen plenty on the TV. It’s ruining the game I think.’
VAR referee Mike Dean (above) chalked the goal off in Stockley Park due to Bamford’s arm
Had the goal stood, Leeds would have been drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace in the first-half
While it is too late to change the outcome of the game Leeds are determined to add their voice to the growing calls for more clarity or the offside rule to be changed.
They were left upset and angered by the decision. Had the goal stood it would have made the score 1-1.
Instead Palace doubled their lead five minutes later and ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Palace won 4-1 at Selhurst Park with Eberechi Eze scoring a few minutes after Bamford’s ‘goal’
Bamford appeared to have timed his run in behind Palace’s defence to perfection.
And Leeds’s frustration at the time was summed up by the furious reaction of director of football Victor Orta in the stands at Selhurst Park.
That has since been compounded by further freeze frames of the incident seen by Elland Road officials.
They are querying the one used to justify the decision having been shown at least one still picture frozen split-seconds earlier which appears to show Bamford may have been onside.
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