Cech fumes after controversial Man Utd goal and laws of the game show he’s right

Petr Cech was left fuming after Manchester United's controversial derby goal and the laws of the game show he is right.

The Red Devils' equaliser against Manchester City on Saturday has caused a fierce debate amongst fans and pundits after Bruno Fernandes levelled the score at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford had been in an offside position in the build-up to the goal, only for the officials to deem that he had not interfered with play.

After the goal was awarded, an angry Cech took to social media to react, tweeting: “The first United goal just proved the people who make the rules don’t understand the game.”

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Cech's post has since gone viral, racking up more than 80,000 likes and receiving almost 3,000 comments. FIFA's definition of the offside rule also proves he is right.

According to the governing body's website, a player is interfering with play if they touch the ball after it is passed to them, but they can also interfere without touching the ball.

In those instances, it falls on the referee to determine whether they believe the player has interfered, which can be done by preventing an opponent from playing the ball or obstructing the goalkeeper's view.

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Meanwhile, IFAB's Laws of the Game explains: “A player moving from, or standing in, an offside position is in the way of an opponent and interferes with the movement of the opponent towards the ball this is an offside offence if it impacts on the ability of the opponent to play or challenge for the ball.

"If the player moves into the way of an opponent and impedes the opponent's progress (e.g blocks the opponent) the offence should be penalised under Law 12.”

The laws also define interfering with an opponent as preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball.

It also lists clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent or making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball as criteria for interference.

In the case of United's equaliser, Rashford ran towards goal without touching the ball before Fernandes scored, with City's defenders and goalkeeper adjusting their positions based on the movement of Rashford.


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