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Does This Clear It Up?

Well that's Martin O'Neill's question to David Moyes and those who think Petrov should've been sent off.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, O'Neill responded to Moyes' claims that Petrov should've seen red over the handball incident by saying Everton can't have it both ways.

"You can`t get a sending-off and then get the goal - that`s not the rules.

"The referee played the advantage for the goal to be put in the net so once they get the goal then the second decision doesn`t count.

"If he`d have not played the advantage it would have been a penalty kick and a sending-off offence.'

Questionning what David Moyes would have preferred at that stage of the game he said:

'I haven`t a clue what David Moyes would want. I assume he may, in the first few minutes of the game, have wanted the penalty with a possibility of scoring it and us being down to 10 men and still having to play another 80-odd minutes.

"The referee can only give one of two and he chose to give the advantage.'

To further end the confusion, O'Neill finished off by saying:

"Had they not scored I would have assumed the referee would have come back and awarded the penalty and sent our player off.

"Does that clear it up?"

Well it's crystal clear to me.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday February 16 2009
Time: 2:29PM


we are blessed to have such an intelligent manager.
16/02/2009 14:43:00
Cool, clear logic. Irrefutable and all set out within the laws of the game.
16/02/2009 14:50:00
Makes no difference really , Everton outplayed villa , (more possesion, more shots ), with petrog ,
16/02/2009 14:56:00
we were unlucky not to draw
16/02/2009 15:20:00
Sorry to say this but MON is talking out of his arse. Say if a player goes in 2 footed, the ref waves play on and they go on to score, the referee is well within his rights to then go back and send off the offending player. I don't see how handball is any different.
16/02/2009 15:27:00
Handball is rarely a red card offence. It is normally punished with just a free kick. The red card, had there been one, would have been for 'preventing an obvious goal scoring opportunity'. As Everton scored Stan's hand ball did not prevent an 'obvious goal scoring opportunity'. What Stan did is completely different from a dangerous tackle, which is a red or yellow card wherever it occurs on the pitch. Does this clear it up?
chocolate teapot
16/02/2009 15:50:00
Yeah, violent conduct doesn't need to happen on the pitch or in play for it to be punished by a red card. ie Substitutes getting sent off
16/02/2009 15:55:00
it wasn't so much the hand ball that was the problem, it was more the fact he then tried to hide his hand that got me! LOL :o)
The Fear
16/02/2009 17:01:00
It's just like the James Milner goal where he was bundled down in the area but managed to get his hand/head on the ball to score. MoN didn't go on TV to moan about that incident didhe? I would have expected a little more magnanimity in victory from Moyes
16/02/2009 17:04:00
He should of given the goal then taken the play back and booked Petrov for deliberate hand ball in my opinion. Since the goal was scored, it shouldn't have been red. Although I'd rather have had the pen and him go.
16/02/2009 17:30:00
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