Video: The first goalline controversy of the new season
It didn’t take long for the first ‘ghost’ goal of the new Premier League season as Victor Anichebe, and Everton, were robbed of a vital goal last night.
Last night’s 2-2 draw between Everton and Newcastle at Goodison Park was a great game. A fantastic show of solidarity by the Toffees with Liverpool over Hillsborough displayed all that is good about a great football city and the game lived up to the pre-match ceremony.
Leighton Baines put the hosts in front but Alan Pardew finally saw sense and introduced Demba Ba at half-time and the big man levelled the game up for the visitors shortly after the restart.
Then we had the first controversy of the night when Marouane Fellaini had a goal ruled out for offside when he looked onside but what happened to Anichebe later in the game was the most glaring error of the game.
The striker’s header was deflected by Steve Harper but it clearly crossed the line. However, somehow the assistant referee, who was in a good position, failed to spot it and the goal was never awarded.
It looked like Anichebe had secured Everton the points when he scored in the 88th minute but Ba struck back almost immediately to ensure the points were shared.
It was a gripping game but the goal that never was is the big talking point this morning. Technology is on the way to prevent this in the future but why it can’t be used now is still beyond us.