“I’ve looked on the laptop and Kevin Nolan made a good run from deep and put the ball in the net”, Allardyce told the BBC. “Unfortunately for us, the assistant saw something we didn’t. It’s unfortunate when you’ve worked so hard to get back in the game.”


According to Law 11 of the game, “a player is in an offside position if he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent” and that “consideration should be given to any part of the head, body or feet of the attacker”, as a player can score a goal with any of these parts. “For the purposes of this decision, the arms are not considered to be part of the body.”

But never mind, eh Allardyce. Why would you, as a manager of a club in the Premier League, know the laws of the game?