Freddie Sears vs Bristol City: The Goal That Never Was

The season has only just begun but already there has been a real controversy which will likely been seen world-wide in the next few days. Remember the phantom goal between Watford and Reading, well this is arguably worse.

The match concerned was the Championship meeting between Bristol City and Crystal Palace.

With the the game goalless in the first half, Palace forward Freddie Sears scored a perfectly legal goal hooking a shot past the keeper, but the ball hit the back of the goal and bounced out.

In an unbelievable and inexplicable miss, both the linesman and referee Rob Shoebridge came to the conclusion that no goal had been scored, and accordingly awarded a goal kick. The Eagles went on to lose the match and manager Neil Warnock let rip to the media at full time.

Warnock: “I have a transfer embargo on me and a group of young players working their socks off for the club. They didn’t deserve that today. We were cheated. And I’m not saying that against the referee because he didn’t mean to get it wrong. Sometimes as the away manager a big decision goes against you, the crowd get on your back and it’s very hard to keep things under control. It was a goal of course, but I don’t see what I could have done about it at the time. I had my own team to think about because we weren’t playing well in the first half.”

See the incident and Warnock’s angry verbal assault on the match officials here. Later on, Sky Sports caught up with Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who angrily accused Bristol City of cheating for not telling the officials that the ball crossed the line (watch here).

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Full match highlights can be seen here.

Crystal Palace have been on the wrong end of a similar decision before, nearly thirty years ago.

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