Yet another bizarre decision which was given against Celtic on Saturday against Hearts has come to light.
The brilliant account Lint on Twitter has provided the video of Abada’s goal that would have sealed a 5-3 victory for Celtic, along with commentary from Gordon Duncan of Clyde SSB, explaining how offsides are determined when reviewing the footage through VAR.
As you will see in the video below, he explains the need to the ‘offside lines’ to be used, as I’m sure you will have seen before in Europe or the EPL, and if the lines overlap in any way, then the benefit of the doubt goes towards the attacker and the goal would be given.
The funny thing is, these lines were not used in the footage by Sky Sports that the audience saw at home.
Now why would that be?
When we watch other games from the EPL or in Europe, we can see the exact same footage that the referee is looking at on the monitor, which is what will be getting displayed in the VAR studio, as they are the ones showing it to the referee/TV station.
So the question then becomes, did they have the lines to look at in the VAR studio, and for some reason never shared those with Sky Sports? Or did the VAR studio simply not use the lines at all when determining if Abada was indeed offside or not?
It certainly is very strange to say the least.
If you look at picture that I have used in the thumbnail for this article, it is from a screenshot of the incident from the video in the tweet below of the incident.
Now, I’ll admit I’m not tech savvy enough to be adding in VAR lines, but what I have done is simply cropped the picture to the point where the exact straight line of the crop tool touches one of the two players in the image.
As you can see, when using the crop tool, it hits the Heart’s players foot and doesn’t touch Abada at all, which means that the Heart’s player was deeper than Abada, meaning that Abada was 100% ONSIDE.
This means, that if the lines were used, and we were shown this on Sky Sports as we should have been shown, it would have shown us that Abada was onside and the goal should have stood.
This isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact.
Liel Abada was ONSIDE and Celtic’s goal should have stood.