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All season fans and pundits have become increasingly frustrated by the fact that the offside flag not going up when a player is clearly offside, until right at the last moment.
Due to VAR the decision was taken that play would be allowed to go on with the linesman only raising his flag at the end of the play, letting the video officials decide if they got it right or not.
Many have worried that it would lead to an unnecessary injury if a player got injured when normally the play would have been stopped, and that's what happened late on Monday.
Mohamed Salah was offside as Patricio came off his line, with Conor Coady clashing with his teammate's head, whilst the flag eventually went up as the Egyptian forward put the ball in the back of the net.
This has been said from day one. If someone is offside why do they not flag instantly as this didn't need to happen to Patricio :relieved::relieved: https://t.co/nnwzVKOOEN- Suzanne (@SportySuz20) March 15, 2021
Purely accidental clash with Coady as he followed through.- Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) March 15, 2021
Offside flag being raised would have stopped that from happening.
Patricio still being treated by the medical team.
These late flags are disgusting. If the linesman had flagged then Patricio wouldn't be hurt. Hope he's okay- LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) March 15, 2021
Patricio wouldn't have had his head injury if they just put the flag up.- Will (@willreyner) March 15, 2021
Worst rule in football this keeping the flag down nonsense
This Rui Patricio injury could have all been stopped if the linesman put his flag up for a clear offside rather than waiting.- Daniel Andrade (@d_andradesport) March 15, 2021
I know it's the instructions, but this could have been avoided if they just put the flag up for clear offsides.
The instructions need to change.
Whoever came up with the late flag for the offside rule is a fucking joke. Change these awful rules to avoid these situations. Don't blame the linesman, blame the people behind the rules. Praying that Rui Patricio is okay. :pray:- FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 15, 2021
It's the second time this season one of Wolves most important players has been hit by a nasty head injury and their fans and Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping it's not as serious as previously.
Raul Jimenez was injured in an incident with David Luiz back in November, and the Mexico striker has been out ever since with a fractured skull.
Monday's game wasn't good for Patricio on the pitch even before his collision with Coady, as he was at fault for the only goal of the game.
Former Wolves striker Diogo Jota shot at the near post in the final minute of the first half and his former teammate could only palm the ball into the back of the net.
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