Ref Explains Dubious Decision

Last updated : 26 October 2003 By Kevin Markey
"I have not had a word with the referee, it is not worth a £10k fine these days," said Reid.

"But the sooner Jeff Winter goes off to Superstars permanently the better from our point of view."

Winter overruled flag-waving official Ray Gould, deciding three Liverpool players were not interfering with play.

"My colleague correctly indicated that there were three players in an offside position," said the referee after the game.

"Ninety-nine times out of 100 when the flag goes up you hit the whistle and give the offside.

"But I felt from my position, where I have a totally different view from the linesman looking across the pitch, that the ball was going to go into the net anyway.

"There were three players standing offside. But that does not mean you have to give the offside. They were not interfering and did not affect the outcome.

"The game is about goals, and with the offside law for the last few years the view has been that doubt should be given to the attacking side rather than just whistling every time the flag goes up."

Fair play to Winter for coming out and explaining his 'decision'.

But like old Liverpool boss Bill Shankly once said:
"If a player is not interfering with play or seeking to gain an advantage, then he should be."