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Video: Porto's Winning Goal

Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski picks up a back pass, resulting in an indirect free kick in the penalty area. Porto restarts immediately. Gunners fume. "I believe it was an accidental back pass," Manager Arsene Wenger said. "And then [the referee] pushed the goalkeeper away and handed the ball to the Porto player. He should have allowed us time to build a wall. It was a massive mistake by the referee."

The referee: Sweden's Martin Hansson, who was in charge during the notorious Thierry Henry handball controversy last fall.

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2010; 6:05 PM ET
Categories:  England , Euro Champions League  
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Looks clean to me.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 17, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Well played Porto.

Posted by: csd1 | February 17, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Smart play

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | February 17, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Arsenals's goalkeeper should be gone by tomorrow

Posted by: GeneWells | February 17, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It really is problematic -- or, at least, reflects a big gap in the rules. If the goalie starts walking away with it, someone on Porto will get in his face and try ripping it out of his hands. Otherwise, he can throw it away and provoke both the other side and the referee. Or, do what he did, and give it to the ref. We all cringe or get irate when players stall by holding onto the ball or by knocking it away. But, if refs are going to serve it up on a platter for the other team to run a play like this...well, don't be surprised by how future games are affected by players making sure this doesn't happen to their team.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Somebody tell Gene Wells the name of Arsenal's goalkeeper. We need public accountability for this kind of thing.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

BTW, if Fabianski is run out of town, it's because he made an even worse error on Porto's first goal. He was beaten by a shot from out the wing, because he cheated too far out for a cross. Reminded of the CCL goal against DCU - was it Perkins or Wells that blew that one? Except, this wasn't even a good shot. It was probably going to slide across the goal mouth, but Fabianski dived back to get it and fumbled it over the line.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Arsene is being an Arse. There is no requirement in the laws of the game that the defense be allowed time to set up a wall. There are 4 defenders in the picture and none of them hustled back to get in position - pity so few players know the LOTG. The referee handled the free kick correctly. The more interesting question, which the video clip doesn't answer, is whether it was really a deliberate back pass to the keeper.

Posted by: Senor_Funk | February 17, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Wenger is a jerk. It was his players' fault and no one else's. Campbell intentionally guided the ball back to the keeper. He didn't protest the call because he knew it was legit. He put his foot out towards the ball! He was shocked the keeper picked it up. And no one has to wait to take a kick unless they ask for 10 yds. Smart play. I wasn't rooting for anyone, but Porto deserved to win. They were dangerous all game and played a fun to watch, wide open game.

Posted by: paj18 | February 17, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Fiorentina was done over by the refs even worse than Arsenal. RObben strikes a big blast as GOmes is making a run down the middle. Very close as to whether Klose ran past the back line before Robben hit it or after, and if it had come to Klose, an offside call might have been harsh and controversial. However, Fiorentina's goalie made a strong diving block -- the rebound came out very far. Another Bayern player beat two defenders and got his head to it and headed it forward and towards the middle of the goal, where Klose was standing all by himself. No one was ever more clearly offside, but his header for a goal was allowed.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Both goals were pretty funny. I laughed after both!

Posted by: redskinsux | February 17, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Whoops -- I need an editor. Klose (not Gomes) was making the run down the middle, as Robben struck the ball.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

perhaps Martin Hansson could referee the Harkes-Wynalda situation.

/ducks bags of SI commenter urine

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 17, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes free kicks are "on my whistle." Sometimes they are not. So obviously this is a judgment call by the referee. In this case, allowing a quick free kick on an indirect in the penalty box is just shoddy, shoddy judgment. I have never seen a team not be allowed to set up a wall on a free kick when they would have need to. Wenger is 100 percent correct, at least about that part ... the backpass, yeah, that was the right call.
That said, Fabianski should certainly have played his last game in an Arsenal shirt.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | February 17, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The referee may have handled the situation according to the LOTG, but there's no way you can possibly say the free kick was "fair." Arsene is a whiner, but he's got more than a leg to stand on in this case. For an indirect 30 yards or so away from goal, I can see not having a problem with the quick restart. Inside the penalty area, I think the ref has to keep fairness in mind. That said, Arsenal benefitted from some quickly taken free kicks a few years back if memory serves, so this could be nothing more (or less) than divine payback. And fischy's right, Fiorentina got jobbed worse than Arsenal today.

Posted by: loosek | February 17, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

mjhoya-

You do not need to whistle a free kick unless the kicking team asks for 10.

Posted by: redskinsux | February 17, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

@mjhoya -- The ref's error is compounded because his position effectively screened Campbell from getting on the other side of the ball, before the kick was taken. With this play, you get to pick and choose what you find most egregious about these events, but it's difficult to maintain the ref did this exactly right.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Fischy that the Fiorintino guys were done far worse by their referee. Klose was a good 4 yards offside on the winner.

Arsenal were done by their keeper, not the ref. It's an indirect FK and no obligation to wait.

Posted by: JkR- | February 17, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

The laws don't allow time wasting or require the ref to give time for a wall, and I'm all for quick restarts. But realistically, things like this will only encourage players to delay the game, even at the risk of a yellow. The ref should have told Porto to restart on the whistle and handle it that way.

Interestingly, the laws of the game state that a player should be sent off for denying an "obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)". To me, the parenthetical looks like it's there to be precise in the meaning (of course the keeper can use his hands to make a save). I agree with fischy that this seems to be a gap in the rules. Barring a words change, deliberately handling a back pass could be adjudged an attempt to circumvent the spirit of the rule (and thus cautionable). This would allow the refs to further punish the keeper without encouraging delaying tactics.

In any case, Arsenal don't have anything to complain about compared to Fiorentina, who had a player sent off under questionable circumstances and then had a goal against allowed despite the striker being yards offside.

Posted by: Mongoose714 | February 17, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If Arsenal had wanted to build a wall, they should have built one instead of strolling back toward the 18 and also appealing to the referee, as if that was going to change his mind. You want to stop the quick free kick? Get back goal side and build your wall less than 10 yards from the ball, which causes the kicking team to ask for 10, which causes the referee to restart play on the whistle. The only ones to blame are the Arsenal players in the frame.

And really, saying the referee blocked Sol Campbell is ludicrous. The referee stood in place. He is a part of the field, and Campbell was never going to get to that ball once it was passed.

The players are to blame. End of story.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | February 17, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Campbell was looking the other way sulking anyways.

I can just imagine Wenger with that arrogant smirk of his describing the goal as genius if it was Arsenal that scored it.

Posted by: StewartDC8 | February 17, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm completely miffed by those backing Wenger's whining. The ref has no obligation to reward the defense with extra time to set up to defend a free kick. They were fairly penalized and Porto has every right to play as quickly as they'd like. If Porto needed 10 yds, then fine, they'd need to wait for the whistle. Otherwise, fair play. And I'm always puzzled that refs don't come down harder on players intentionally delaying restarts by holding the ball. That's clearly unsportsmanlike behavior. Keep the ball moving.

Posted by: paj18 | February 17, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The Bayern-Fiorentina match official was non other than Ovrebro, the same guy that practically gave the semi to Barca last year.

His officiating is by far the worst I've seen of any match official at that level. He sent off a Fiorentina player for an accident but only booked a couple of Bayern players when they made reckless challenges.

As for Wenger, I wonder what he thought about this goal?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCWjioIR5MM&feature=related

Posted by: RedDevil1 | February 17, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The ref has no obligation?

Ok, maybe not to the letter of the law, but how often is that follow? The spirit is to allow time for the defense to get back -- do refs call keepers for jumping off of their lines on PKs? I'd like to review the match and see if there were -any- cases in which the ref held play up.

Posted by: Reignking | February 17, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm with loosec. The laws emphasize fairness. This wasn't.

Watch and see how the ref raises his arm indicating the IFK after the ball has been played. Caught him by surprise. My guess was that he was going to give time to set it up, had the play develop and didn't have the balls to whistle it dead as it developed.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 17, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Arsenal do not have a leg to stand on. When you want to build a wall, you have a defender run up to the placed ball and block the attacker from taking his free kick. Arsenal could have done it, but they were all so flumoxed by the back pass they didn't think of it. Altogether shabby. Well called by the ref.

Speaking of referees making bad judgement calls, when did it become ok for PK takers to start-stop-start, or worse (per the video that Goff posted several days ago), take fake swings at the ball to make the goalie dive one way or the other? According to the laws of the game, that is unsporting conduct, yes? Why isn't it called?

Posted by: glfrazier | February 17, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"The laws emphasize fairness. This wasn't."

I honestly think that's crazy. You commit a foul or infraction and the opposing team has every right to get the ball in play as fast as possible. Period. Give me one good reason why the defense should be allowed to set up to defend a ball put back into play - whether it's a corner, throw-in or free kick.


Posted by: paj18 | February 17, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Glfrazier: actually, I think FIFA has submitted a new rule to their rule board concerning the run-up, along with the no-mandated red on last man in the box fouls.

I'm with the anti-wengers on this one, there is no obligation to allow the defense to set up, they committed the foul, they should get back and freaking defend. Especially on an indirect kick.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | February 17, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The ref got it right. Barring an injury, there's no obligation for the ref to delay a restart if the attacking team is ready to take it quickly.

You DO NOT normally need a whistle for a restart - as an attacking team - unless you've asked for distance (10 yards).

Penalty kick rules are different and refs should stop play for any serious injury.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 17, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

you have a defender run up to the placed ball and block the attacker from taking his free kick. Arsenal could have done it, but they were all so flumoxed by the back pass they didn't think of it. Altogether shabby. Well called by the ref.

Speaking of referees making bad judgement calls, when did it become ok for PK takers to start-stop-start, or worse (per the video that Goff posted several days ago), take fake swings at the ball to make the goalie dive one way or the other? According to the laws of the game, that is unsporting conduct, yes? Why isn't it called?

Posted by: glfrazier

You do realize that what you suggested is -also- against the laws of the game?

And I posted that video! :)

Posted by: Reignking | February 17, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

You DO NOT normally need a whistle for a restart - as an attacking team - unless you've asked for distance (10 yards).

Penalty kick rules are different and refs should stop play for any serious injury.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane

1) Where is this in the rules?

2) I just brought up the PK as an example of the laws not being followed to the letter.

Posted by: Reignking | February 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow Gringo Torres looking dangerous!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 17, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

As for the relevant topic: This is the Ref's make up call for the Henry handball incident. Doing his part in knocking Gallas and Arsenal (and Henry's old team for that matter) out of Champions League...;) That ref is a pile of crap. Is he slated to handle any of the US's matches in SA? I think I read he's already been selected for SA, right?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 17, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Reignking, I'll have to look it up but it's definitely the procedure. Refs are supposed to encourage the game to flow including allowing the attacking team to take quick restarts if they are taking them properly (from the right spot and making sure the ball is stationary before the restart) and no stoppage is necessary due to a serious injury.

DadRyan mentioned Gringo Torres' nice run - almost scored near post but Michel parried it away for a corner kick. Pachuca and Guadalajara are scoreless at halftime on Telefutura. Vergara must read Soccer Insider - he didn't allow young scoring phenom Chicharito Hernandez to even dress for the game. Vergara musta not liked the crack I made about him earlier this afternoon.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 17, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse


You do realize that what you suggested is -also- against the laws of the game?

And I posted that video! :)

Reignking

I do know that what I suggested is against the laws of the game. So, the offense asks the ref to move the defenders back, and he does, asking the offense to not take the kick until he blows the whistle. Clearly, on a fast-taken kick, the defenders don't have time to move back. Like the video above, where Arsenal has men w/in 10 yds when the kick was taken. The darn fools should have been closer! And/or the goalie should not have given up the ball til his defenders where there. And if he got a yellow card for it, so be it.

And that was one whacky vid -- well done.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 17, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Basically, it's up to Sol Campbell to get his head out of his arse and stand in front of the ball, or the keeper to get take a no brainer yellow.

DUH.

I used to coach my defenders to stand in front of the ball and back up, slowly, as to avoid the ref's ire.

Sol's an idiot. Goalie was immature. Ref was correct. GO PORTO!

Posted by: delantero | February 17, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

"You commit a foul or infraction and the opposing team has every right to get the ball in play as fast as possible. Period. Give me one good reason why the defense should be allowed to set up to defend a ball put back into play - whether it's a corner, throw-in or free kick."

This is the perfect example, actually. The keeper didn't even realize he had committed the infraction until the ref whistled him. It isn't fair that Porto should be able to restart before he even gets back on his line. It's impossible to defend that--unless the keeper delays the game by holding the ball or throwing it away, and I don't want to encourage that.

Posted by: Mongoose714 | February 17, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The lack of defensive pressure in the middle third (and to a lesser extent a team's offensive third with their strikers) it seems all the teams in the Mexican league applies always surprises me.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 17, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Really good point, Mongoose. Not saying that is the case here (can't see enough) but I can see where that would be an issue.

But we can all agree that these ridiculous paradinhas have got to go (relinking): http://www.marca.com/2010/02/15/futbol/futbol_internacional/1266263385.html

Posted by: Reignking | February 17, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Chivas won 1-0 at Pachuca on a wicked opportunistic 97 km/hour shot from 30 or more yards out by Xavier Baez.

According to the announcers Chivas is the first team in Mexican history to start a season with 6 consecutive wins. Seems someone else would have had a hotter start in well-established league.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 17, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

agree with glfrazier. you don't have to "run-up", but defenders, or the keeper should certainly have attempted to immediately get in the way and force Porto to ask for 10 (which DOES require a whistle for re-start). or the keeper should have held on to the ball, or simply pitched it. any of the above would have likely resulted in a caution, but thats better than conceding a goal, isn't it?

Posted by: VTUnited | February 17, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't know the details but Herculez Gomez socred the only goal of the game in the 86' for Puebla to beat San Luis.

http://www.mediotiempo.com/ficha.php?id_partido=27295

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 17, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

why would the ref delay a restart to allow Arsenal time to setup?

Arsenal committed the infraction, do you then reward them by allowing them to set up their defense? You don't want to have a free kick taken before you're ready, don't give up free kicks.

Posted by: teo_68 | February 17, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

The offside by Bayern to win the game is the AR's call to make. Notice Vargas getting a yellow for talking to the AR and then the replay showing that the AR clearly missed the call.
I think the red for Fiorentina was merited the ball was out and the Fiorentina player took the opportunity to get in an elbow just under the neck of the Bayern player, if the AR helped the Center on that call he was correct.

Posted by: MitchTooMuch | February 18, 2010 4:09 AM | Report abuse

Well I think arsenal will be fine for the return leg. Porto never scored a true goal in that game. As long as arsenal clean it up a bit, they should be fine. Leadership between the pipes should be restored with aluminia's return.

Posted by: g3impreza | February 18, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Wenger should be more focused on the series of stupid actions his players engaged in that gave Porto a goal out of nothing:

1. Campbell makes contact with the ball needlessly. He had the Porto forward shielded off, and the ball was going to make it very easily to Fabianski. Wenger says this was an unlucky bounce, but the real problem was that Campbell was shielding too close to the ball. You stand that close while running, things like this can happen. Imagine if the ball slowed down more and Campbell toed the ball in stride right past Fabianski and in for an own goal.

2. Fabianski picks up the ball. This is just dumb. You're 5 yards from a guy who just played the ball backwards and right at you. Don't pick it up, just to be absolutely sure a backpass won't be called.

After those two very foolish decisions were made, Arsenal deserved to be scored against. Both plays would be stupid for guys in a pickup game in your local park; for Champions League professionals, they're absurd.

The team that should be complaining is Fiorentina. That same linesman confirmed both the red card on Gobbi and allowed the Klose non-goal to stand. These would have been terrible decisions in the CONCACAF Champions League, much less the original.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 18, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Leadership between the pipes should be restored with aluminia's return.

Posted by: g3impreza | February 18, 2010 8:17 AM

+++++++++

OK, this made me spit out my coffee.... ;)

Posted by: JkR- | February 18, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Fischy - is that like something smells fishy at the Y?

Posted by: GeneWells | February 18, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Aluminia. I always have to do a double-take when I hear that British pronunciation.

Posted by: Reignking | February 18, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

And to compound the Arsenal keepers moronic actions, what the hell is he doing while Porto is taking the indirect free kick...he has his back to the play and yelling at the linesman...he doesn't even turn around until the shot has been made on goal.

To quote the Late Great Gordon Bradley: when not in possession, get in position.

Posted by: Tweaked | February 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Actually, according to the Rule fo the Game this ref did almost everything wrong:

"Signal
The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He
maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has
touched another player or goes out of play."

This was not done.

"Indirect free kick to the attacking team:
• all opponents must be at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in
play, unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts"

Obviously, this was not done.

"the kick to be taken from the
place where the infringement occurred"

Obviously, this was not done.

The rules of the game also very clearly label what things are under the discretion of the referee. Nowhere, does it say the rules of the game are entirely at his discretion.

NOW, we all know the refs don't follow the letter of the law all the time, but in the instance of an indirect kick in the penalty box the actionsof this ref are dubious at best.

One would be tempted to think he might have had a little money on Porto.

Posted by: rhorto01 | February 18, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Ref did a perfectly correct job on both aspects. Clear "passback"--Campbell's controlling the ball to a spot where the keeper picks it up.

And on the restart--let's try and say it one more time, especially for the many confused players on this site. A fouling team has NO RIGHTS on a restart. They committed a foul and harmed their opponents. They are not then allowed to benefit from the restart as well. They do NOT have a right to a wall, to get themselves organized, to have Sol Campbell stop having a hissy fit, to have a snack, or anything else. The ref handled this perfectly. The keeper could have tossed the ball away and been cautioned, but no problems from the ref (from an admiring, much lower grade, ref).

Posted by: macheath | February 18, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@ macheath - Please find a better referee to admire.

Although, there is much to fault with the Arsenal players, Hansson does not get a free pass on this one. True the attacking team has every right to a quick restart (except in those situations where the referee has made a decision to caution or send off a player and play must be stopped) but once the referee inserts himself into the scenario as Hansson did by taking the ball from the Arsenal player, he has a responsibility to ensure a fair restart (which he did not). Had he not handled the ball, I would have no problem with this part of your argument.

Similarly, this rarely seen infraction came into the Laws of the Game in 1992 as part of the general effort to restrict opportunities for goalkeepers to waste time by unfairly withholding the ball from active challenge by taking possession of the ball with the hands.

The offense rests on three events occurring in the following sequence:
• The ball is kicked (played with the foot) by a teammate of the goalkeeper,
• This action is deemed to be deliberate rather than a deflection, and
• The goalkeeper handles the ball directly (no intervening touch of play of the ball by anyone else)

I would argue that Campbell's touch was far less deliberate than Henry's handling offense which Hansson did not see. Likewise, this was not a time wasting situation or one where the touch prevented the Porto player from an attacking opportunity as the ball would easily have reached Fabianski without an intervening touch.

The referee could easily have dismissed this as trifling. However, he reacted to the emotional outburst of the Porto player and whistled the infraction because the last time he ignored the emotional outbursts for an obvious handling offense in the France v. Ireland match he botched it.

In whistling for this violation, the referee may have been in compliance with a strict interpretation of the LOTG but clearly not the spirit. It was also inconsistent with the tone he had set throughout the match as he overlooked numerous potential fouls from both teams.

Posted by: Arbitro1 | February 18, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Arbitro1 is absolutely correct. In taking the ball from Fabianski and handing it to the Porto player, Hansson should have made it ceremonial restart. The fact is, even if he had done that, there is no knowing that Arsenal would have set a wall and/or Fabianski would have been in position. After all, there were only two Arsenal outfield players in the penalty area and Fabianski was turned away at the time of the goal.

Although FIFA has selected Hansson for the World Cup, nothing can be truly set in stone. I doubt that he will be dismissed, but he will likely be restricted to group stage matches and FIFA will very likely review him.

Posted by: wis193 | February 19, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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