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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 January, 2005, 18:11 GMT
Curbishley rails at offside rule
CURBISHLEY'S VIEW
Charlton boss Alan Curbishley
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley called for changes to the offside rule after his side's 3-1 home defeat by Arsenal.

Curbishley thought Robin van Persie was offside before he became involved in the build-up to Arsenal's second goal.

"Arsenal have done us a couple of times now with these passive offsides and I think its about time something was done about it," said Curbishley.

"It's ridiculous. The only way we can do it is join together, write to Fifa and ask them to do something about it."

Van Persie appeared to be in an offside position when the ball was played towards him three minutes after half-time.

The Dutchman ran back before intercepting the ball and initiating the move from which Fredrik Ljungberg scored to put Arsenal 2-1 up.

I feel slightly mugged
Charlton manager
Alan Curbishley
"Something crops up like this most weeks now. How do you defend it?" said Curbishley.

"I'm clear Van Persie and Thierry Henry were offside. They have come back on and it's resulted in playing Ljungberg through and he scores.

"It changed the whole complexion of the game. I thought we were the better side and I don't think we would have had a better chance of beating Arsenal.

"I feel slightly mugged. Arsenal beat us 3-1 and I've not had my goalkeeper diving all over the place.

"The most important one was that second goal."




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