Video evidence gives Crouch a goal and Essien a ban

Video evidence has played its part in changing two recent decisions from two separate Liverpool matches today.

The Premiership’s "Dubious Goals Panel" sat down and reviewed Liverpool’s first goal against Wigan at Anfield recently. This goal had been claimed by Peter Crouch, and celebrated by the Anfield as such, but a deflection cast a little doubt on it being credit to Crouch. It was clear from replays that the ball had been on target before it took two deflections, neither of which steered it away from goal. The betting industry needed a quick decision on who the goal should be credited to, and with a large amount bet on Crouch to get the first goal must have been relieved when the Press Association decided it was to be awarded as an own goal.

Today though the Premiership’s official decision has finally been made, and Crouch has been awarded the goal. This means today’s brace in the FIFA Club World Cup took his tally for the season to four. There was no doubt whatsoever over either of his goals today.

The same panel also ruled out a goal by Chelsea’s Joe Cole, instead awarding it to Zurab Khizanishvili
of Blackburn as an own goal. And it’s Cole’s Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien who was the subject of another decision reviewed using video evidence.

Essien made a widely condemned challenge on Liverpool’s Didi Hamann when the two sides recently met at Stamford Bridge, one which many said Didi was lucky to escape from without serious injury. A UEFA disciplinary panel today confirmed the charge of gross unsporting conduct against the player, and gave him a two-game ban. This means the player will be unable to take part in either leg of the next round of the Champions League for Chelsea, the draw for which is being made tomorrow.