Freddie Sears v. Bristol City: The Goal That Never Was

Ronaldo Assis de Moreira Analyst IIAugust 15, 2009

LONDON - MARCH 31:  Freddie Sears of England in action during the International Friendly match between England U20's and Italy U20's at Loftus Road on March 31, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The season has only just begun but already there has been a real controversy which will likely been seen world-wide in the next few days. Remember the phantom goal between Watford and Reading, well this is arguably worse.

The match concerned was the Championship meeting between Bristol City and Crystal Palace.

With the the game goalless in the first half, Palace forward Freddie Sears scored a perfectly legal goal hooking a shot past keeper, but the ball hit the back goal post and bounced out.

In an unbelievable miss, both the linesman and referee Rob Shoebridge came to the conclusion that no goal had been scored, as accordingly awarded a goal kick. The Eagles went on to lose the match and manager Neil Warnock let rip to the media of his feelings at full time.

Warnock: “I have a transfer embargo on me and a group of young players working their socks off for the club. They didn’t deserve that today. We were cheated. And I’m not saying that against the referee because he didn’t mean to get it wrong. Sometimes as the away manager a big decision goes against you, the crowd get on your back and it’s very hard to keep things under control. It was a goal of course, but I don’t see what I could have done about it at the time. I had my own team to think about because we weren’t playing well in the first half.”

See the incident and Warnock’s angry verbal assault on the match officials here.