FIFA and the Premier League might be very proud that they’re installing Goal Line technology pretty soon, but who cares about that when referees like Howard Webb, and the linesmen he has “helping” him don’t know what an offside is, helping Sunderland win 3-0 against Newcastle by disallowing a completely legal goal by Papiss Cisse before giving David Vaughan a chance to score while he was offside.
After the match, Paulo di Canio and his first win as the manager of Sunderland will probably be the big story. First it was a goal by Stéphane Sessègnon that opened the scoring. Then it was mostly Simon Mignolet with a series of incredible saves.
In the second half, Newcastle continued to pile on the pressure, until Papiss Cisse finally made the most of a confusing situation in the box to score the equalizer for Newcastle. He was onside, by more than an inch, but the linesman decided to disallow the goal, wrongfully. Adam Johnson made the most of it to give Sunderland a 2-0 lead, before David Vaughan was one of two Sunderland players who were offside yet went unnoticed to score the third and final goal.
A historic days for the Black Cats, winning at St. James’ Park for the first time in 12 years, but another terrible day for refereeing and Howard Webb, who managed not to make too many mistakes this season until now.