Ex-Fifa referee: Krystian Bielik goal should have been ruled out as controversial Derby County footage analysed
Derby County defender Krystian Bielik’s dramatic late equaliser against Birmingham City should not have stood.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the goal which saw the Rams nullify a 2-0 deficit late on at home against the Blues yesterday (30 January).
Bielik scored in the 96th minute of proceedings with an incredible acrobatic effort which originated from a free-kick hoisted high into the Birmingham penalty area.
Referee John Brooks waved away the Blues’ players claims of a high boot, but replays showed Richard Stearman – who provided the assist for the goal – to be in an offside position.
Hackett suggested the official was correct to deny the Birmingham players’ claims but insisted Stearman should have been penalised for offside.
“I don’t think it was a high boot,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
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“When the free-kick comes in, there is a Derby County player stood in an offside position. This player then nods the ball across.
“At that point, that player is offside, and the goal should have been disallowed. Stearman is offside. Don’t worry about the high foot, it shouldn’t have been given because he was offside.”
Wayne Rooney’s Derby County side are just seven points from safety in the Championship.
That is despite the Rams being handed a 21 point deduction at the start of this season.
Meanwhile, mid-table Birmingham missed the chance to move even further clear of relegation danger.