With regard to the Mane 'goal' here is where I disagree with the new rules because for me he was clearly interfering with play when standing in an offside position for the through ball. The reason for that view is that he was so close to the player who ran through to get the ball that he was clearly in the goalkeepers line of vision. As such he was offside. Having said, that, I do appreciate that is not what the rules state.
Which is pretty much my point. And it's not unreasonable to expect the officials in the league that trumpets itself as the best in the world to at the very least understand the laws of the game they are in charge of.
I remember a saying once that went 'If he wasn't interfering with play, what was he doing on the pitch ?' and for me, although technically the Mane goal should have stood, it just looked wrong, and on this occasion the law is an ass.
First phase, second phase. All bollocks.
As for the other fuck-ups this weekend..... Diangana, as nailed-on a penalty as you'll ever see. The Wolves disallowed goal. Sol Bamba handling on the line.
Sky usually have Dermot Gallagher on today running the rule through contentious decisions. As an ex-ref, he's always an apologist for them.
It would be refreshing today if for once he admitted that the standard of officiating in this country, in the 'best league in the world' as we keep being told, has reached a new low, and for all the millions in the game has become an embarrassment.
It's not the principle. It's the money.