Charlton-Colchester goal mix-up will be investigated
Charlton 1-0 Colchester
The governing body for referees has said it will investigate the circumstances that led to a Colchester goal being disallowed twice.
Referee Darren Sheldrake ruled out Steven Gillespie's effort in Tuesday's 1-0 loss at Charlton because he thought his assistant had flagged for offside.
He reversed the decision and was going to let the goal stand until a consultation with his fourth official.
U's boss John Ward told BBC Essex it was a "major mistake".
With the score at 0-0 confusion ensued in the 64th minute of the League One clash when the referee, seemingly anticipating an offside flag, blew the whistle as U's striker Gillespie was putting the ball in the net.
After speaking with his linesman Sheldrake let the goal stand.
But, with the Addicks ready to restart the game from the centre circle, the fourth official intervened and the decision was made to disallow the goal and award a drop-ball.
In a statement the Professional Game Match Official Board (PGMO), who appoint referees for Football League matches, said: "The referee thought that he had seen the assistant referee raise his flag for offside and consequently stopped the game.
"However, this was not the case and the only option under the laws of the game was to restart with a dropped ball, as the whistle had already been blown prior to the Colchester player putting the ball in the net."
If this game had been Chelsea against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon we'd never hear the last of it
Colchester manager John Ward
After the game Ward said he hoped the authorities will talk to him directly.
"I write reports on every game and I put my telephone number on every report," Ward told BBC Essex.
"Nobody ever rings me up and I guess that's what will happen with this one."
Talking to the press Ward remained calm and made sure his comments were not interpreted as a "rant".
But the U's manager failed to hide his frustration after the result saw Charlton pull three points clear of his side in the race for the play-offs.
"It's my standards and my right to write a report to say what I think, but that's all I can do about it, it won't change the result," he said.
"If this game had been Chelsea against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon we'd never hear the last of it.
"Because it's Charlton against Colchester it will get dismissed in all the other football matches.
"No-one will pay any consequence to the decision, the result, the game or the quality of what happened at all because it's League One and not very important to people other than the ones at Charlton and Colchester."
Meanwhile goalkeeper Ben Williams will be assessed after failing to play in the second half because of a back injury.
"I don't know the extent of the injury but you saw Mark Cousins come on and do a really good job," said Ward.
"I didn't allow Carl Pentney to stay at Bath City for the rest of the season so that looks like a good decision, if Ben's likely to be out for a little while."
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