The controversial goal that turned the game in Manchester City’s favour during their 5-1 hammering of Fulham on Saturday had manager Marco Silva fuming, calling it “a huge mistake” and the game’s crucial moment.
It appeared like Manuel Akanji was offside in front of goalkeeper Bernd Leno when Nathan Ake headed in a goal just seconds before halftime, levelling the score at 1-1. In order to let the ball go between his legs and into the goal, Akanji jumped.
“That moment made a huge impact. Everyone that plays football, has some knowledge about football, are 100% sure they have to disallow that. It’s impossible to not,” Silva told reporters.
“It’s a clear offside, it concerns us how that goal was not disallowed.
“The more you times you see that moment, the more sure you are to disallow it. Our players saw it, everyone on the pitch at that moment has the same opinion.”
The Portuguese coach had previously received warnings in matches with Everton, Brentford, and Arsenal.
After VAR determined that it was a goal, Silva waved his arms angrily at the referees as his angry players stormed into the tunnel for the halftime break.