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!
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That should be attributed to the great Danny Blanchflower, Clough may have said it later, but the quote is Danny's.
2nd commenter - the laws say that a player is only interfering if he's playing the ball or gaining an advantage. When Brondby makes his pass, Becchio is actually running towards the edge of the box, and so isn't IMO.
3rd commenter - so if Beckford had banged his chance into the top corner, you'd have still ruled it out for offside?
4th commenter - in some ways, it would be easier to just go back to the "old laws".
Yes I believe it should be. He is literally 4 yards away from someone who was offside. (With a rule change) The flag should go up straight away when the ball is played forward into the box, and there is a player in the box offide. He wouldn't have a chance to shoot. Why? Because defenders have to mark that offside player. By marking him, they are not marking Beckford - so he is interfering. By the way, I am not a biased Spurs fan - I believe that that Defoe 'goal' at Anfield was offside too.
It doesn't matter if anyone is offside or not, all that matters is if the lino thinks he's offside and puts the flag up. Lottery.
As pointed out above, by running between the 6 yard box and 18 yard box during an attack, you are bound to effect the actions of the defenders (either as they wark you, at the expense of marking others, or they push out to catch you offside, thereby leaving space for other attackers to run into).
The fact is that Becchio clearly gains an advantage by starting 2 yards closer to the goal than any defender. To say that once Beckford shoots and it is saved he becomes onside again is unfair as how are the defenders that were correctly pushing out to catch him offside supposed to regain those 2 yards? Hence he has gained a clear advantage.
13:09 EVEN MORE SO, SPOT ON!