Monday, May 14th, 2012
Besides the lack of goal-line technology in modern football (regular readers will know we like to flag this up at any given opportunity) our biggest bugbear is the rule that if a player takes off his shirt after scoring a goal, a referee is ordered to give the player a yellow card.
It has dawned on many today, some almost 24 hours after the event, that Sergio Aguero was booked for taking off his shirt after scoring the Premier League title winning goal against QPR.
We surely do not need to impress on you the importance of this goal. Yet, referee Mike Dean was forced to dish out a caution to Manchester City’s saviour in the 95th minute.
No video footage of the booking appears to be available, presumably all the TV cameras at the Etihad had more important things to do following arguably the most dramatic goal seen in the long history of English football.
What should surely grate for many is that the shirt removal rule was brought in to ensure sponsors names’ remained front and centre.
Yet, what Aguero did for those that wish to advertise on the front of football kits is likely to be immeasurable.