Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
“That’s five decisions that were wrong, and that includes the one against Drenthe, who scored a perfectly good goal. We have had a raw deal of it tonight. When you have five situations where you are onside and all five are flagged offside, it is really, really poor. One maybe, but not all five. It was the assistant, not the referee. I don’t want to say more and land in trouble, but we have had some really poor decisions in the last few games. The players put everything into trying to get something out of the game after going behind early on. They had a right go, but that decision aganst Drenthe has really cost us.” – David Moyes.
All the way back in November 2011, Manchester United were in uproar over a penalty awarded to Newcastle at Old Trafford where Rio Ferdinand had quite clearly not touched Demba Ba. (Gif of that incident is here.)
The linesman who made that decision, and even persuaded referee Mike Jones to award the spot kick, was John Flynn, who again made headlines for all the wrong reasons on Wednesday evening.
After Arsenal had taken the lead through Thomas Vermaelen, Everton his back at Goodison Park and thought they had scored on the half hour through Royston Drenthe.
Slack passing out the Arsenal defence allowed Tim Cahill to play the Real Madrid loanee in on goal and the Dutchman finished well before the goal was pulled back by referee Lee Mason.
Replays show just what a poor decision this is as Laurent Koscielny is clearly keeping Drenthe onside and Vermaelen may also have been with no daylight between the Belgian defender and Dutch winger.
Worst of all, Flynn has a brilliant view and is perfectly in line to make the incorrect decision.