Cardiff demand answers after Chelsea’s illegal goal on Saturday

It was all going to plan for Cardiff on Saturday when David Marshall was robbed of the ball by Samuel Eto’o, with Eden Hazard putting the ball in the back of the net moments later.

Cardiff demand answers after Chelsea’s illegal goal on Saturday

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October 21st, 2013

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The Welsh side had been leading 1-0 thanks to Jordan Mutch’s opener before the City goalkeeper bounced the ball before intending to kick the ball upfield to restart play.

However, with Eto’o in close proximity, the striker illegally kicked the ball from Marshall’s possession, something which was a cause of grievance for Cardiff manager Malky Mackay who has now demanded some answers from the match officials manager.

Cardiff want to know from Mike Riley why Anthony Taylor allowed the equaliser to stand considering the rules state that Eto’o’s move was an illegal one.

“I did go and see the referee just purely to seek clarification as to what they thought they saw,” said the Cardiff manager, Malky Mackay. “They were quite calm and clear. The linesman spoke to the referee and the referee spoke to the linesman and they felt that ‘Marsh’ dropped the ball. That’s why I asked for the clarification on if he bounced it. And they immediately went: ‘No, no, no, if he bounced it, it’s a foul.’

“My goalkeeper had seen Eto’o standing there. He didn’t come from behind him. He was standing there watching the striker. I think everybody was just waiting on him kicking it up the park and a lot of people had their back turned to it, walking up the park.

“Look, we know it’s not going to make any difference to us, but we’ll ask for clarification on it. Referees and linesmen are human. They’re not making these [mistakes] on purpose. I’ll ask Mike Riley and his team to look at it, and then I’ll accept what it is that comes back from them. We just ask for clarification on it now that I’ve seen the issue. That’s all.”

However, Marshall felt partly responsible for the goal and admitted he should have refrained from bouncing the ball.

“The goal was probably down to me,” he said. “It’s a habit of mine to bounce the ball as I prepare to kick. The Chelsea player nipped in and knocked it away from me. I’m not sure of the rules, but it’s probably my fault. The ball wasn’t in my hands at the time. It’s a habit I will have to get out of. I saw him [Eto’o], I knew he was there. But force of habit made me do what I did. I apologised to the boys at half-time.”

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