Ex-Premier League referee hits out at 'real error' as controversial Man City footage analysed
Brighton & Hove Albion’s goal in their 4-1 defeat to Man City should have been chalked off for an offside in the build-up, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted it was a “tight call” but there was “no question” the officials made a major error.
Solly March received the ball in an offside position 15 seconds before referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty.
Brighton worked the ball into the box before Ederson was adjudged to have fouled Enock Mwepu.
Alexis MacAllister converted from the spot for his second Premier League goal of the season to make the scores 3-1 with just less than 10 minutes to play.
Riyad Mahrez then scored deep in injury time to wrap up the three points for the visitors.
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“It’s a tight call,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“We’ve asked for the benefit of doubt to be given to the forward.
“I have to say that is offside. I would have expected the flag or I would have expected a review to go back to that.
“I think this is a real error. I think that player is offside. He’s not flagged it, he’s offside there, there’s no question he’s offside.
“It’s got to be pulled back. There was offside in the build-up and I think there was sufficient distance to bring that back. Overturn the penalty.”
The result saw Man City stretch the gap between them and Brighton to five points.
City are currently third in the Premier League while Brighton sit in fifth after a strong start to the season.