U's left furious after "goal" is disallowed

Colchester United manager John Ward admitted referee Darren Sheldrake made a “major mistake” in controversially ruling out Steven Gillespie's strike at Charlton Athletic tonight.

The U's were left furious after the Surrey-based official bizarrely disallowed Gillespie's 64th minute effort, in their 1-0 defeat at the Valley.

Gillespie slotted home from 12 yards after David Mooney had dummied Matt Heath's pass, midway through the second half.

Much to the U's horror though, Sheldrake inexplicably ruled out the effort for an infringement.

He then to allow the goal to stand, following a brief discussion with his assistant.

The game was about to kick off again but Charlton's protestations continued.

And after the fourth official intervened, Sheldrake incredibly ruled the 'goal' out again.

Bradley Wright-Phillips then went on to net Charlton's winner, with 12 minutes to go.

Ward said: “I have been doing this as a player, manager, coach and a supporter for 40 years and I've never seen that situation happen before.

“The referee made a major mistake in the game and I think he knows that he did.

“Prior to Steven (Gillespie) putting the ball into the net, the referee anticipated a flag from his linesman and blew his whistle.

“Steven put the ball in the back of the net and it all went off again, as you can imagine.

“In the end the referee got the decision right, because he blew the whistle before the ball went into the net.

“He had no reason to blow the whistle in the first place, because there was nothing incorrect with Steven Gillespie's position.

“He was not offside and I don't believe Charlton stopped playing.

“I believe the fourth official then got up off his chair and told the referee that he got it wrong, after he had given the goal after chatting to his linesman.”

For more on this story and a full match report and pictures from the U's game at Charlton Athletic, see Wednesday's Gazette.

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10:41pm Tue 1 Feb 11

southstandlad says...

I really hope we complain about ref, not that it will make any difference but surely once the game has kicked off you can't suddenly change your mind and go back a few minutes?! The ref gave a drop ball for an offside that he thought was going to happen but didn't! What a clown, he cost not only gillespie his 4th goal in as many games but also at least a point, possibly all 3 as we easily could have gone on to see out a 1-0. As usual though the smaller clubs are ignored with decisions like this, the ref will probably get a pat on the back from his assessor. Unlucky u's.
I really hope we complain about ref, not that it will make any difference but surely once the game has kicked off you can't suddenly change your mind and go back a few minutes?! The ref gave a drop ball for an offside that he thought was going to happen but didn't! What a clown, he cost not only gillespie his 4th goal in as many games but also at least a point, possibly all 3 as we easily could have gone on to see out a 1-0. As usual though the smaller clubs are ignored with decisions like this, the ref will probably get a pat on the back from his assessor. Unlucky u's. southstandlad

11:03pm Tue 1 Feb 11

e8joe says...

More howlers from useless officials, bit of a coincidence after the ridiculous penalty given against us against charlton in the home fixture, oh and the other very harsh penalty and sendi ng off of perkins in the same game. Charlton seem to have a head start over us when trying to achieve a play off spot
More howlers from useless officials, bit of a coincidence after the ridiculous penalty given against us against charlton in the home fixture, oh and the other very harsh penalty and sendi ng off of perkins in the same game. Charlton seem to have a head start over us when trying to achieve a play off spot e8joe

11:50pm Tue 1 Feb 11

Surb says...

Charlton are a bigger name, of course they get it easy. Isn't there rules on, declaring goals then changing your mind minutes after? It's a joke, then they moan that they are not respected in games?
Charlton are a bigger name, of course they get it easy. Isn't there rules on, declaring goals then changing your mind minutes after? It's a joke, then they moan that they are not respected in games? Surb

8:19am Wed 2 Feb 11

skenchie says...

There's a very important saying in football - 'play to the whistle.' In this case the whistle was wrong because the referee blew it thinking the linesman was going to flag for offside. Stupid thought this was - and the referee must surely be suspended - Charlton were entitled to say they were 'playing to the whistle' and the fourth official pointed this out to the referee even though it wasn't his business. That's why the referee gave a drop ball instead of a free kick. Oddly enough if the referee had just persisted in his offside ruling even though it was wrong he would have been in less trouble as he's perfectly entitled to disagree with the linesman. As it is his honesty in admitting his mistake will probably get him into trouble so maybe he's a better man than some people think.
There's a very important saying in football - 'play to the whistle.' In this case the whistle was wrong because the referee blew it thinking the linesman was going to flag for offside. Stupid thought this was - and the referee must surely be suspended - Charlton were entitled to say they were 'playing to the whistle' and the fourth official pointed this out to the referee even though it wasn't his business. That's why the referee gave a drop ball instead of a free kick. Oddly enough if the referee had just persisted in his offside ruling even though it was wrong he would have been in less trouble as he's perfectly entitled to disagree with the linesman. As it is his honesty in admitting his mistake will probably get him into trouble so maybe he's a better man than some people think. skenchie

8:25am Wed 2 Feb 11

Feisty CBC says...

We woz robbed :(
We woz robbed :( Feisty CBC

8:27am Wed 2 Feb 11

snoswad says...

just imagine the press etc this morning if it had been man'u,chelsea or liverpool.
maybe it has done us no harm though.
we are not ready for a sustained championship campain.
just imagine the press etc this morning if it had been man'u,chelsea or liverpool. maybe it has done us no harm though. we are not ready for a sustained championship campain. snoswad

8:59am Wed 2 Feb 11

peter.m_1980 says...

snoswad is right in his first sentence and although i hate to say that, he is probably right in his second one as well.
snoswad is right in his first sentence and although i hate to say that, he is probably right in his second one as well. peter.m_1980

9:29am Wed 2 Feb 11

smith66 says...

This referee beggars belief. You cannot change a decision that far after the incident. Can't blame the players for the defeat as you can imagine their mind-set after receiving that injustice. Can't have been easy to carry on.
Well done ref, you may have cost us a playoff spot. I agree that nothing will happen due to being a small club. What I'd really like to know is did the referee seek the advice of the forth official? He was clearly pressured by the home team if this was at home the goal would have stood, what a joke!
This referee beggars belief. You cannot change a decision that far after the incident. Can't blame the players for the defeat as you can imagine their mind-set after receiving that injustice. Can't have been easy to carry on. Well done ref, you may have cost us a playoff spot. I agree that nothing will happen due to being a small club. What I'd really like to know is did the referee seek the advice of the forth official? He was clearly pressured by the home team if this was at home the goal would have stood, what a joke! smith66

10:01am Wed 2 Feb 11

crazy comments says...

Worst decision i have ever seen in my whole life. The ref should be ashamed.
We woz robbed.
Worst decision i have ever seen in my whole life. The ref should be ashamed. We woz robbed. crazy comments

4:29pm Wed 2 Feb 11

Sanj25 says...

I went to the game and yes we were robbed and a draw would have been a fair score. I thought Izzet was poor...actually we was very very poor! I just can't see what Ward and other managers see in him. His first touch, his passing and his overall performance was just sub-standard. Yet we had quality players warming up the bench!
I went to the game and yes we were robbed and a draw would have been a fair score. I thought Izzet was poor...actually we was very very poor! I just can't see what Ward and other managers see in him. His first touch, his passing and his overall performance was just sub-standard. Yet we had quality players warming up the bench! Sanj25

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