Refs chief apologises to Palace

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Referees' chief Keith Hackett has issued an apology to Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock over the goal not awarded by official Rob Shoebridge during the Coca-Cola Championship clash with Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Palace striker Freddie Sears looked to have given his side the lead after 34 minutes when he drilled a low shot into the corner of the net, but the ball bounced back into play after hitting the stanchion and Shoebridge inexplicably awarded a goal-kick with neither himself nor his two assistants spotting the ball had crossed the line.

Hackett, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, told Sky Sports News: "You would like to think the match officials, the three of them, would have spotted the ball had crossed the line.

"You would first of hope they have spotted that particular incident. Under law, the fourth official is not allowed to assist in the process had he seen it.

"It is disappointing. I have spoken to Neil Warnock this morning and apologised to him on behalf of the match officials and, of course, the PGMOB, and I make a public apology to the players and also the spectators of Palace."

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Bristol City
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Crystal Palace

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