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Capn Gus Bloodbeard

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Two Aussie players were in an offside position blocking their players as they came though. They were warned but it was pretty innocuous and the foul was debatable.

I suppose if you play these tactics you run the risk of the referee blowing the whistle, especially after you are warned.

They weren't offside when the ball was kicked.
We also know that offside wasn't an issue because it was a DFK awarded and there was no flag.
Also, if it's 'interfering with an opponent' (which it can be, even if you stand still), it needs to actually impact play, which it didn't.

So, no, that's not what it was.

And the defenders are completely allowed to stand in the path of the attacker, given they were standing still when the ball was kicked.

The only thing it could possibly have been is some other action by those players - movement towards the attacker, pushing/holding, that sort of thing, that we can't see, though it's still a highly questionable call given the very minor nature and lack of impact on play - and of course, she would have been better off holding the whistle (although even if she awarded the foul after it went in the net, I think VAR would be unlikely to overturn given there basically has to be zero contact, and VAR has been very reluctant to get involved for much of the tournament).
 

marinermick

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I never said they were offside. I said they were in an offside position. Huge difference.

Also I never stated that they were pinged for offside. Read carefully and the conversation was about the foul being them blocking players, exactly as you typed.
 

Capn Gus Bloodbeard

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I never said they were offside. I said they were in an offside position. Huge difference.
okay then, they weren't in an offside position when the ball was kicked, happy?
Not sure what you think the 'huge' difference is that might be relevant. Whether they were in an offside position or not at some point prior to the kick being taken is completely irrelevant to any decision.

Also I never stated that they were pinged for offside.

I didn't say you did. Read carefully.
 

scottmac

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okay then, they weren't in an offside position when the ball was kicked, happy?
Not sure what you think the 'huge' difference is that might be relevant. Whether they were in an offside position or not at some point prior to the kick being taken is completely irrelevant to any decision.



I didn't say you did. Read carefully.
You've lost the plot Capn. Maybe take a breath and catch up on some sleep.....
 

turbo

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The sort of decision that is made for VAR - let the goal stand and get it reviewed
It baffles me that a linesman is told to let play run for a pretty obvious offside yet the referee would blow the whistle in that situation. It's either incompetence or deliberately cutting VAR out of the decision making process which raises its own questions. Either way it was a really harsh call if justifiable at all.
 

Tevor

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It baffles me that a linesman is told to let play run for a pretty obvious offside yet the referee would blow the whistle in that situation. It's either incompetence or deliberately cutting VAR out of the decision making process which raises its own questions. Either way it was a really harsh call if justifiable at all.
100%, I've watched other Olympic football games (just to get my fix) and the use of VAR has been really inconsistent. I've seen a game where everything took three minutes for VAR to check decisions and others where it appears VAR has not even checked a goal. It's rubbish when used normally however we have a whole raft of different referees from different nations using it their own way and it's been a failure. A word commonly associated with the VAR. Totally agree with the delays with the offside call, most stupid rule in the game at the moment.
 

MrCelery

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My observations of the Olympic campaign:

. A quality forward line largely starved of good service.
. A midfield that was average at best. At that level you can't have midfirelders walking around not looking for opportunities. I was a great admirer of Van Egmond, but this campaign she appeared very lazy and mistake prone. Needed to step up and didn't.
. Back line was very leaky. Polkinghorne may have been good a few years ago. But the game has changed and now looks slow and lumbering.
. Goalkeeper Micah saved us a number of times, but didn't command the box.
. Passing for the most part was abysmal. There were some crisp passages of play, but they were rare. Sweden and the US showed us how to control the ball and make space.
. Fowler looks promising but rarely threatened in the final. Has a lot to learn.
. Kerr is GOAT but can't do it all on her own.
. Coach is no Stajic.
 

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