Carlitos ‘fesses up
Carlos Tevez has revealed that he knew he was offside when he scored Argentina’s opening goal against Mexico on Sunday. The controversial goal – the second poor refereeing decision that day, if I remember correctly – caused Mexican outrage when it was replayed on the big screen in the stadium.
Now Tevez, seemingly concerned about a Thierry Henry-style backlash, has issued a full and frank confession.
He said: “At first I thought the referee was saying that it was not a goal, then I saw the signal and I started (celebrating) and I was happy. I know I was offside, I know it was selfish but as long as they say it was a goal it’s OK for me and the team.”
To be honest, Carlos, I think you are OK on this one. There is a reason that deliberate handball is a booking and deliberate offside is not (otherwise Filippo Inzaghi would only have made about four career appearances).
In this instance, you have concealed anything or been devious in any way. I think it is fair to expect the referee and linesman to pull you up for this.