Football

Why Eden Hazard's goal should not have counted

Chelsea beat Cardiff 4-1 in a game full of controversy - Mourinho was sent off, mistakes came from David Luiz and a goal stood which shouldn't have.

Cardiff had just gone 1-0 up, a mistake from David Luiz let Cardiff's Jordan Mutch through to slot the ball home.

Chelsea equalised, and this was the controversial goal. Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall appeared to be in control of the ball, although as he bounced it Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o nicked it off of him. A quick one-two with Eden Hazard and they were in for the equaliser.

This disgruntled many Cardiff fans, and also manager Malky Mackay who said the goal shouldn't have stood.

According to FIFA Law 12, a goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball while the ball is between his hands or between his hand and any surface (e.g. ground, own body), while holding the ball in his outstretched open hand or while in the act of bouncing it on the ground or tossing it into the air.

It stipulates that whilst the goalkeeper is in control of the ball, which Marshall was, he cannot be challenged - which he was.

A player must be penalised for playing in a dangerous manner if he kicks or attempts to kick the ball when the goalkeeper is in the process of releasing it, so instead of letting play continue, Anthony Taylor should have blown quickly for a foul on the Cardiff stopper. 

Referee Taylor made a mistake - well that is according to Malky Mackay - yet Chelsea scored three more goals. An Eto'o goal, a piece of creativity from Oscar and another from Hazard won the game for Chelsea.

Even though there was some poor refereeing, it was apparent that Chelsea were way to strong for a weak Cardiff side, who gave it a good go.

Have a look at the goal yourself! What do you think, was it a goal or shouldn't it have stood? Feel free to comment below.

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