5 The Daily Telegraph Friday 3 July 2020 ** Sport Football Referee’s view Keith Hackett Kavanagh, the goal could not stand because of handball. Oliver was technically correct, but the law is an ass and we are seeing too many goals ruled out this way. Tomas Soucek’s disallowed goal for West Ham against Chelsea on Wednesday also had me scratching my head. It was ruled out because Michail Antonio, flat on his back, was judged offside, by the width of his head, because he was in the line of vision of Kepa Arrizabalaga. It took the Var 3min 20sec to tell referee Martin Atkinson the goal could not stand. The keeper from the cameras could be seen to have a clear view of the ball. Var is a mess in the Premier League. The game’s stakeholders In the space of 24 hours, we have witnessed in two incidents just how badly the lawmakers have strayed in producing changes that are wiping out goals that would have been acceptable until recently. Jose Mourinho has every right to be livid about the way Harry Kane’s first-half goal was disallowed at Bramall Lane yesterday. In the build-up, Lucas Moura was fouled, and while falling he stretched his arms in front of him to break his fall. The ball was kicked against the upper part of his arm by John Egan before finding its way to Kane, but the video assistant referee, Michael Oliver, advised the man in the middle, Chris Sheffield United (3-5-2) Henderson 6; Basham 7, Egan 7, Robinson 6; Baldock 7, Berge 8, Norwood 7, Osborn 7, Stevens 7; McGoldrick 5 (Mousset 62), McBurnie 7 (Freeman 90+1). Moore (g), Sharp, Jagielka, Rodwell, Zivkovic. Norwood, McBurnie. (4-2-3-1) Lloris 5; Aurier 4 (Alli 71), Dier 6, Sanchez 5, Davies 5 (Vertonghen 81); Sissoko 5 (Ndombele 71), Lo Celso 6; Moura 6, Bergwijn 5 (Lamela 56), Son 6; Kane 7. Gazzaniga (g), Alderweireld, Winks, Skipp, Fernandes. Chris Kavanagh (Manchester). Subs Booked Tottenham Subs Referee Hull’s swoop for Wilks rewarded Parry in film linking Wigan crisis with betting scam Championship at the KCOM Stadium By Jason Mellor By Mike McGrath match on Saturday,” Krasner said. “It is to pay the day-to-day items as well as wages. I am not going to guarantee anything. We are going to do our best because, if wages are paid, even if they are not paid in full, everybody feels a bit better.” On the prospect of the owner putting in money, Krasner said: “Not one penny.” He believes there is a 25 per cent chance Wigan will fail to see out the remaining six league games this season. Their 12-point deduction means they are fighting relegation. Krasner has 12 interested buyers, including one from Spain, who need proof of £10million funds and are willing to take on debt of at least £6 million. He fears other EFL clubs will be caught up in a similar predicament. “There are a number of clubs in the lower divisions that may not survive,” he said. Rick Parry, the English Football League chairman, has been secretly filmed with a Wigan Athletic fan discussing a rumour of the club’s administration being linked to “a bet in the Philippines on them being relegated”. The Championship club face a 12-point deduction as new owners are refusing to put more money into the club, less than a month after ownership changed hands. Parry was discussing the speculation over the motives with a neighbour and the EFL has confirmed it is aware of the social media clip. Wigan’s administrators will launch an investigation into the switch of ownership at the DW Stadium once they have saved the club. They have not guaranteed players’ wages for today’s payday and must raise funds for travel to face Brentford tomorrow. Gerald Krasner, of insolvency practitioners Begbies Traynor, has been appointed to find new owners after Next Leader Fund completed Britt Assombalonga had given Middlesbrough a fourth-minute lead with a confidently-struck penalty, only for Herbie Kane to equalise with a stunning free-kick. Wilks sealed Hull’s first win for 14 games by steering home a cushioned header from Jordy de Wijs. Boro manager Neil Warnock said: “It’s disappointing, but we’ve got some good players who will get us out of this situation if they continue to work hard.” Hull City 2-1 Middlesbrough Kane 8, Wilks 90+1 Assombalonga 4 pen Hull City’s persistence in chasing Mallik Wilks earned an immediate reward as he marked his permanent move from Barnsley with a stoppage-time winning goal. The Tigers’ relegation rivals had declined to extend the 21-year-old’s loan beyond the end of June, leading to some frantic negotiations which resulted in a permanent £1 million transfer being sealed a little over 24 hours before kick-off. “He’s had a tough time with things that have gone on for the last few days,” said Grant McCann, the Hull manager, who added: “It’s great to finally have him here, and for him to produce for us at the last is brilliant.” Speculation: The EFL has said it is aware of the social media clip of Rick Parry discussing the plight of Wigan Hull City (4-3-3) Long; Pennington, Burke, De Wijs, Elder (Stewart 41); Da Silva Lopes, Batty (Toral 82), Kane (Honeyman 28); Wilks, Magennis (Eaves 82), Scott (Lewis-Potter h-t). Ingram (g), Tafazolli, MacDonald, Samuelsen. Wilks. (4-3-3) Stojanovic; Spence (Wing 52), Fry, Friend, Johnson; Howson, McNair, Saville; Roberts (Tavernier 63), Assombalonga (Fletcher 79), Coulson. Pears (g), Shotton, Clayton, Morrison, Moukoudi, Nmecha. Tavernier. Geoff Eltringham (Co Durham). Subs Booked a takeover last month and put the Championship club into administration within a month, just before salaries were due to be paid. “The money I have to raise now is for the travelling expenses for the Middlesbrough Subs Booked Referee
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