Moon: ‘Stupid’ rule robbed Roar of win against Wanderers

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Brisbane Roar manager Warren Moon maintains that his side should have taken the win in their match against Western Sydney Wanderers, calling the rule change that cost Roar a goal ‘stupid’.

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Brisbane ended their round three match against Western Sydney in a 1-1 draw at CommBank Stadium on Saturday.

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Roar dominated the chances in the second half, managing to land the ball into the net three times. However, two of those goals were disallowed.

The first disallowed goal came in the 52nd minute when Joseph Knowles’ strike hit the crossbar and Scott Neville caught the rebound then kicked the ball into the goal. The goal wasn’t awarded as Neville was deemed to be offside.

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Moon questioned the offside call, comparing the situation to Western United’s goal in their match against Macarthur the night before.

“It looked fairly similar to what I saw the night before and that was given as a legitimate goal for Western United,” he explained.

“But if the crosshairs said it was slightly off, he’s off, and there’s not much we can do about it.”

The more controversial call arose in the 63rd minute when James O’Shea scored from a free kick. The goal was disallowed as the referee determined that Connor Chapman was within a metre of the Wanderers’ defensive wall.

The rule stating that attacking players needing to be at least one metre away from a defensive wall during free kicks was introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2019. Despite this, Warren Moon claimed that he did not know about the rule until the night of the match.

“I heard about the rule tonight, and I thought ‘what a stupid rule’,” said Moon.

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“It didn’t impact the play, no one was fouled, it didn’t affect the keeper’s line of sight, and yet, it’s not a goal.

“What a stupid rule.”

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The disallowed goals overshadowed the solid performance delivered by the Brisbane team and snatched away a chance to secure their first win of the season, according to Moon.

“We’re satisfied with the point [from the draw] because of the performance, but I felt we could’ve taken more,” he remarked.

“We came here to win, and I felt the performance warranted the win.”

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Fans will have to wait to see if Brisbane Roar can finally take the win in their match against Melbourne Victory this coming Saturday.

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Jasmine Singh
Jasmine Singh
One of the two journalists covering the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners for the 2022/23 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) / Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. A true crime addict and dog lover.

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