Newcastle United midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has suffered a minor setback on Thursday, with the Premier League Goal Accreditation (Dubious Goal) Panel stealing his opening goal against Liverpool.
Wijnaldum’s strike hit Martin Skrtel before ending up in the scousers’ net.
The panel/spoilsports awarded the goal to Skrtel instead, which at least means his journey to Tyneside wasn’t a total waste of time.
Elsewhere, the panel also allowed Riyad Mahrez to retain his first Premier League hat-trick, ruling that his first and second goals were 100% his against Swansea.
Wijnaldum had no doubts when asked in the aftermath of the match:
“Yeah, of course (the goal is mine). I shot on goal and the ball took a deflection, but I still shot on goal, so I think it’s my goal.”
These days it appears that the authorities are happy to spend time and effort in all kinds of useless committees/panels, instead of useful stuff like making ticket prices reasonable and coming down heavy on the cheats in football.
As for deciding whose goal it is, why not make the rule the last attacking player to touch it, as who really cares about instead giving the ‘credit’ to one of the team who conceded?
The ruling of the killjoy committee means that Gini Wijnaldum (gives message to the committee in image at the top…) has seven goals in the Premier League so far, rather than eight.
Does he now get an assist instead?