Crystal Palace's goal was rightly ruled out for offside.... but unfortunately Sunderland were denied clear penalty against Swansea

  • There were some difficult situations for Premier League officials this weekend
  • Crystal Palace had a goal correctly ruled out for offside against Aston Villa
  • Keith Stroud and assistant referee Peter Kirkup came to the right decision
  • Unfortunately things didn’t go so well for Neil Swarbrick at Sunderland
  • Swansea skipper Ashley Williams handled Jack Rodwell's shot in the box
  • Jon Moss rightly dismissed Carl Jenkinson after he had fouled Max Gradel 

The Premier League continued with some interesting situations for the match officials this weekend with another offside debate as well as the usual smattering of penalties and red cards.

Communication is often the way to the right answer and that proved to be the case at Selhurst Park after Dwight Gayle's shot clearly deflected off James McArthur who was in an offside position.

Assistant referee, Peter Kirkup, did not signal for offside and so referee Keith Stroud pointed for a goal. It appeared that Kirkup did not think that McArthur had touched the ball.

Keith Stroud and assistant referee Peter Kirkup correctly ruled Crystal Palace's goal out for offside

Keith Stroud and assistant referee Peter Kirkup correctly ruled Crystal Palace's goal out for offside

Eagles striker Dwight Gayle's shot clearly deflected off James McArthur who was in an offside position

Eagles striker Dwight Gayle's shot clearly deflected off James McArthur who was in an offside position

Kirkup was unsure and between him and Stroud they came to the right decision at Selhurst Park

Kirkup was unsure and between him and Stroud they came to the right decision at Selhurst Park

When a goal is scored, the instructions to assistants in such situations are:

  • If you are happy there has been no infringement run up the field towards the half way line.
  • If there is an infringement you should be flagging
  • If you are not sure but instinct tells you something might be wrong then hold your position and we will confer.

Kirkup was unsure and between him and Stroud they came to the right decision; Kirkup knew that McArthur was in an offside position and Stroud knew he had played the ball from that position. Well done lads.

Unfortunately things didn’t go so well for Neil Swarbrick who denied Sunderland a clear and much needed penalty for handball by Swansea’s Ashley Williams from a Jack Rodwell shot. 

Swarbrick indicated that the Swansea defender had his arms by his side, in a natural position but replays showed otherwise.

The other major incident came at Upton Park where Jon Moss dismissed Carl Jenkinson and awarded Bournemouth a penalty when the West Ham full-back pulled Max Gradel.

Moss was correct and Bournemouth got the win they deserved and some decent officiating after the injustice of the offside goal at Anfield last Monday evening.

Unfortunately things didn’t go so well for Neil Swarbrick who denied Sunderland a clear  penalty

Unfortunately things didn’t go so well for Neil Swarbrick who denied Sunderland a clear penalty

Jon Moss dismissed Carl Jenkinson and awarded Bournemouth a penalty when he pulled Max Gradel

Jon Moss dismissed Carl Jenkinson and awarded Bournemouth a penalty when he pulled Max Gradel

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