Raheem Sterling’s opener vs Watford
Man City’s first goal against Watford on Saturday drew plenty of scorn.
The goal was scored by Raheem Sterling.
However Sterling only whacked the ball into the Watford net after Daryl Janmaat’s clearance collided with the England international.
Liverpool fans furious with Paul Tierney
Liverpool and general football fans poured onto social media after the Sterling goal.
Attention was focused onto referee Paul Tierney for allowing the goal to stand.
How was Sterling not flagged for offside?
Ilkay Gundogan floated a forward pass toward Sergio Aguero, who knocked the ball onto Sterling.
But when Aguero touched the ball, Sterling was clearly offside.
Yet referee Paul Tierney allowed the goal to stand.
Social media backlash
Paul Tierney was too clever in allowing Manchester City’s opener. Daryl Janmaat’s clearance went in the net off Raheem Sterling, but Sterling should have been given offside for at least one of the reasons below. #MCIWAThttps://t.co/YGQl5nAqa9 pic.twitter.com/PSb1objOSC
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) March 9, 2019
— Liverpoolzy (@Liverpool_zy) March 9, 2019
— David Annett (@davidannett7) March 9, 2019
@fa – Paul Tierney must surely have to explain the decision to overule his assistant for Sterling's first goal against #watfordfc . The best league in the world can not continue with these amateur decisions.
— Eliot C (@eliot_c) March 9, 2019
Have sought expert opinion on the Sterling goal. Consensus is that while his offside position occurs first, the offside offence comes after Janmaat touch. In eyes of officials (although not MOTD) Sterling not yet playing or attempting to play ball when fouled. Correct decision
— Andrew (@PR_WhoRu) March 9, 2019
Andros Towsend handball – pen not given
Naby Keïta fouled vs Leicester at 1-1 – pen not given
Bernardo Silva dive at 0-0 without any contact – pen given
Raheem Sterling offside at 0-0 – goal given
Yh we’ve been screwed over by refs at a crucial point in the title race.
— Raj Chohan (@rajsinghchohan) March 9, 2019
How does this goal count? Sterling clearly offside, interfering with the defender, therefore offside🤦🏻♂️
— Daniel Bachmann (@DBachmann1) March 9, 2019
Sterling goal #1 was offside. Law 11.2, offside offence occurs when offside player is 'challenging an opponent for the ball' or 'clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent'
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) March 9, 2019
Imagine if an offside Raheem Sterling goal costs Liverpool the league.
— Jack (@JDanial16) March 9, 2019