February 4, 2010
My last article has brought up an interesting debate on the offside laws.
By my interpretation, Becchio’s goal was correctly allowed last night – whether or not you agree with the laws or not is another matter.
Brondby hooks a ball over to Beckford, who is level, and therefore onside. Becchio at this point, is in an offside position, but isn’t interfering with play.
Beckford has a shot – Becchio is now behind Beckford and is therefore back onside.
Gomes saves the ball, and it comes out to Becchio. Because he had got himself back onside in the first phase, he is not flagged offside when he finishes.
I think people are getting confused about when Becchio was offside – if he had been ahead of Beckford and still in an offside position when Beckford had the shot, then absolutely, the flag should have gone up.
This is just my interpretation of the current laws – please correct me if I’m wrong!
And by the way, yes, Defoe’s goal at Anfield was clearly onside, and a poor decision. But no, two wrongs don’t make a right!