• STV
  • MySTV

Beach balls, dodgy throw-ins and strange offsides: could you make the right call?

See how good your understanding of football's rules are with our five examples of tricky refereeing calls.

Beach balls, dodgy throw-ins and strange offsides: could you make the right call?
©SNS Group

Scottish referees are always under intense scrutiny, none more so than in recent weeks. As criticisms have grown beyond control, our officials have taken drastic measures and threatened to strike.

It's not easy being a referee though, with so many different rules open to interpretation and calls having to made within a split second, without the aid of replays from 100 different angles that TV viewers benefit from.

Scottish assistant referee James Bee got things spot on at the weekend when Kilmarnock's Momo Sissoko cleared the ball into touch, only for the ball to rebound back off the linesman before it fully crossed the line. Rangers' Kenny Miller then kicked the ball out of play as a prelude to taking a throw, only for Bee to then correctly award a throw-in to Kilmarnock.

So when it comes to tricky calls, do you think you could do better? Take a look at five decisions over the years which have provoked lengthy arguments over what the right course of action should have been.

Carlos Vela, Mexico v South Africa, World Cup 2010

On first inspection there seemed little wrong with Carlos Vela's header in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup, as shown in the video above. The Mexican, in behind South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, receives the ball from Guillermo Franco and heads it into the net.

However, the goal was chalked off for offside by the Uzbek officials, with the linesman sharp to spot not was all as it seemed.

What was the right call? Click through for the answer.

Liverpool v Sunderland, English Premier League, October 2009

In October 2009, Liverpool had travelled to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland, only too aware of the potency of Darren Bent. It would be the England striker who scored the winning goal, but in bizarre circumstances.

Bent's shot took a huge deflection off a beach ball that had been thrown onto the pitch by Liverpool fan Callum Campbell and flew past Pepe Reina. After some deliberation, referee Mike Jones awarded the goal, which turned out to be the winner.

Should the goal have stood?

Holland v Italy, Euro 2008

Rafael Van Der Vaart's free kick was punched clear by Buffon in the Italian goal, but in doing so the 'keeper collided with right-back Christian Panucci, leaving the defender lying prone at the side of the pitch.

When Giovanni van Bronkhorst's cross was turned in by Ruud van Nistelrooy, the striker appeared several yards offside. Italian players and fans were outraged at Peter Frojdfeldt's decision to allow the goal, with Panucci clearly being behind the goalline.

What was the right call?

Peter Enckelman, Aston Villa v Birmingham, English Premier League, September 2002

This one is still no clearer eight years on and is open to some interpretation. Now St Johnstone keeper Peter Enckelman, playing for Aston Villa at the time, receives a throw in from his team-mate but inexplicably misses the ball, watching on helplessly as the ball trundles into the net.

What was the right call?

Johan Cruyff, Ajax v Helmond Sport, Dutch Eredivisie, 1982

Although this penalty had been pioneered by Rik Coppens two decades earlier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFk0xqO4VkU) it was Cruyff who made it famous. Rather than take the obvious route to goal - placing a shot directly beyond the reach of the goalkeeper - Cruyff and Jesper Olson played a one-two with each other and walked the ball into the unguarded net.

Should the goal have stood?

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.