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Worst Decision Ever Given In American Second Tier As Referee Somehow Rules Out Own Goal

Ryan Sidle

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Worst Decision Ever Given In American Second Tier As Referee Somehow Rules Out Own Goal

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No matter how bad a refereeing decision your team's been on the wrong end of, it's almost certainly nothing compared to the one given against Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Eastern Conference.


The Riverhounds play in US soccer's second tier, the USL Championship, and were taking on fellow Eastern Conference side Miami FC on Saturday.

The game finished 0-0, keeping the Riverhounds in the play-off places despite dropping two points away, but they were somehow denied what would have been a match winning goal.

Miami won a free kick just outside their own are in the 66th minute, one defender passed to another, who took several touches before passing it back to his goalkeeper.

The keeper completely missed the pass, which was just wide of him, and the ball rolled past his outstretched leg and into the back of the goal.

However, instead of a goal being given, after much deliberation between referee and assistants, the officials decided to give the visitors a corner.

It seems that with an free kick given the ball going into the net straight from the set piece would have meant a corner, however it clearly wasn't the first pass.

"[The officials] said it was the first pass, but it wasn’t, clearly,” Bob Lilley, Riverhounds SC Head Coach told the club's website.

"We’ve seen it, [Miami coach] Paul Dalglish has seen it, and even he said it was a goal. It was a perfectly good goal."

Just watching the video you can clearly see the referee looking when the first pass takes place and he is also looking when the second defender takes several touches.

It's such bad refereeing that even a ghost goal being given would be a better decision than this one!

Topics: Football, MLS

Ryan Sidle
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