Liverpool 2-2 Wolves: Julen Lopetegui fumes offside rule

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Julen Lopetegui says it is “impossible” his side could have ruled out a winning goal in their FA Cup third round draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

Centre-back Toti shot in, but the assistant referee had his flag up for offside against Matheus Nunes, who had taken the original corner and picked up the ball on the left after Hwang Hee-chan pushed it back onto the wing.

The video assistant referee (VAR) had no camera angle available to provide any evidence to overturn the decision, meaning Wolves had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

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Lopetegui, who entered referee Andrew Madley’s room after the match with captain Ruben Neves, said that offside “doesn’t exist” and that it was “a shame” because his players “deserved to go through to the next round”.

He was also angry that Mohamed Salah’s goal, which put Liverpool ahead 2-1, was allowed to stand, despite the Egypt striker appearing to be in an offside position when the ball was passed to him during the build-up.

What happened

Starting with Wolves’ disallowed goal, Nunes took a corner which was headed by Nathan Collins, then snapped back to Nunes on the left wing by Hwang.

He dribbled to the back-line and his cross was deflected to Hwang, whose shot was turned in by Toti to put Wolves, who had led 1-0 before being pinned down, 3-2 up.

The Wolves players celebrated wildly, with Toti taking his shirt off but the assistant had his flag up.

The VAR then reviewed the incident, but had no clear camera angle to reverse the decision.

Speaking to ITV, Lopetegui said: “We’ve seen it, the offside doesn’t exist, I’m sorry. It’s impossible.

“Someone told him it’s offside, but we’ve seen the footage, it doesn’t exist.

“The decision is wrong. I make mistakes every day, and sometimes they do too. Today we have the help of the VAR and that’s a shame because I’m sorry, it’s not offside.”

The rules

Both incidents revolve around when a new phase of the game begins and what constitutes an intentional action.

According to Law 11 of the FA Rules: “A player in an offside position who receives the ball from an opponent who plays the ball deliberately, including by intentional handball, is not deemed to have gained an advantage unless it was an intentional save by an opponent.

“A save is when a player stops, or attempts to stop, a ball that goes into or very close to the goal with any part of the body other than the hands/arms (unless the goalkeeper is inside the penalty area).”

The assistant referee thought Nunes was offside when Hwang headed the ball – starting a new phase of play – and VAR had no clear evidence to overturn that decision.

Salah’s goal was not ruled out by a header from Toti, which heralded a new phase of play. BBC

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