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Referee Mike Dean avoids Spurs goal discussion

Mike Dean waves away the protestations of Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
Mike Dean waves away the protestations of Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer

Referee Mike Dean refused to explain his decision to award Tottenham their controversial winner at Fulham.

Dean allowed Tom Huddlestone's goal to stand after assistant Martin Yerby had flagged William Gallas offside.

The call infuriated the Fulham fans and Hughes, who sought a meeting with Dean after the match only to be told the official had already left the ground.

That was after the referee had turned down a request from the media to allow him to clarify his position.

Fulham fans celebrated when it looked as though the goal had been disallowed in the 63rd minute.

Hughes queries ref's change of mind

But Dean went across to Yerby to consider the incident in more detail, and eventually a decision was made which dismayed the home supporters.

Hughes conducted his post-match debrief almost an hour after his side's 2-1 defeat.

"The goal should have been wiped out because [Spurs player William] Gallas is in an offside position as the ball is struck by Huddlestone," Hughes said of the winner.

"The only grey area which I thought is whether it hit one of our players on the way through."

One replay did indeed suggest Fulham's Chris Baird had got a faint deflection on the ball.

Hughes continued: "Maybe then the argument is he's played him on because he's the last player to touch the ball.


"I think Mike Dean went over to the assistant linesman to ask whether Gallas had touched the ball. The assistant obviously said, 'No he didn't'."

But Hughes insisted Gallas' very presence in front of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer should have been enough for the goal to have been chalked off for interference.

He said: "Mark Schwarzer has to hold his position until the ball actually reaches where Gallas is, because he's thinking at some point Gallas may stick a toe out and deflect it.

"To say he's not interfering or not in his eyeline is completely at odds with the truth."

Hughes also suggested Dean had been prompted to challenge Yerby's original decision by Huddlestone and his team-mates.

"I think Huddlestone went over," Hughes said.

"He was the first to get into Mike Dean's face and obviously made a compelling argument."

"I'd like a little bit of clarification," said Hughes before learning Dean had already left the stadium.

"If he's made a genuine mistake, he'll admit to it, but it doesn't do us any good so what's the point?"

Ref got goal right - Huddlestone

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted Gallas had been "maybe a foot offside" when Huddlestone shot.

He went on: "It's very rare to see a change when the linesman puts his flag up. You thought 'that's it, he's given offside'."

Reflecting on the match as a whole, Redknapp added: "It's the third time this year we've come from behind to win. It shows a lot of character we have in the team that we can come from behind and still win games."

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 21 19
2 Arsenal 8 8 14
3 Man Utd 8 7 14
4 Man City 7 6 14
5 Tottenham 8 3 14
6 West Brom 8 -3 12
7 Bolton 8 0 11
8 Aston Villa 8 -3 11
9 Stoke 8 -2 10
10 Blackpool 7 -4 10
11 Fulham 8 0 9
12 Wigan 8 -9 9
13 Newcastle 8 0 8
14 Sunderland 7 0 8
15 Blackburn 7 -1 8
16 Birmingham 8 -4 7
17 Everton 7 -1 6
18 Liverpool 7 -4 6
19 Wolves 8 -5 6
20 West Ham 8 -9 6

see also
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