Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Refs Unite to Blast Lahoz's Decision to Rule out Goal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Refs Unite to Blast Lahoz's Decision to Rule out Goal

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THREE former Premier League referees have blasted Spanish official Antonio Lahoz for his Champions League gaffe.

The ref wrongly disallowed a Leroy Sane goal which would have made it 2-0 at half-time as the Blues sought to overhaul a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

Lahoz and his assistants all failed to spot that, although Sane was standing in an offside position as he shot past Loris Karius, he received the ball from Liverpool man James Milner.

Former ref Graham Poll, writing in the Daily Mail, said "City have been the victims of poor refereeing decisions in three consecutive games which have defined their season."

He said that Lahoz's error has a 'massive impact' on the game but agreed that Pep Guardiola deserved to be sent to the stands for his reaction to the mistake.

He added: "I could understand the assistant thinking Gabriel Jesus had played the ball but from his position Lahoz should have overruled him and allowed the goal. …

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