Carroll didn't score but incident underlines loss of trust in officials
21:30 GMT, 6 May 2012
Andy Carroll’s 82nd-minute header did not cross the goalline as Petr Cech pulled off a fantastic point-blank save.
Chelsea should have been celebrating Cech’s agility but instead had to watch as Liverpool’s attackers tried to pressurise the match officials into awarding a goal.
Goal Andy Carroll's late effort was not awarded while replays proved inconclusive
Assistant referee Andy Garratt was correct to stand firm in the face of disrespectful pressure, mainly from Luis Suarez. However, the accuracy of the decision is no longer the issue; the loss of trust in the officials is.
There have been too many high profile goalline errors this season. The result is a lack of trust in the ability of human arbiters to judge them accurately.
Goalline technology cannot now be introduced quickly enough for all involved — it’s a question of credibility not accuracy.
Not on: Luis Suarez was booked for his protest after Carroll's 'goal'
What Carroll said…
I thought it was over the line and it hit the other side of the bar
What Cech said…
If the ball was behind the line I couldn’t have kept it out. I’m 100 per cent sure it was not in.
What the law says…
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar.