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“It’s the rules!” – Paul Scholes agrees with Bayern Munich’s angry protests

Bayern Munich’s players and coaches were left furious as an offside flag denied them a potential equalizer in the Champions League semi-final, with Paul Scholes understanding their anger

Matthijs de Ligt was left furious that his goal was disallowed for offside

Paul Scholes suggested Bayern Munich had a right to be angry over a late offside flag in their defeat to Real Madrid.

The Germans conceded twice late in the match as the Spanish giants turned the tie on its head, but deep into injury time Bayern found a goal that would have forced extra time. Matthijs de Ligt provided a nice finish, but the linesman’s flag had already been raised while the referee blew his whistle.




The result was that the Real keeper made no attempt to save the effort, but replays showed the decision was marginal. The usual protocol now, with VAR in place, is for linesmen to keep their flags low unless offside is clear, so VAR can intervene if necessary.

But the decision to quickly flag for offside meant the referees could not go back to check if Bayern’s players were offside and the goal should have been given, leading to mass protests on the touchline.

Scholes told TNT Sports: “I think the linesman raises his flag too early to be fair. His flag goes up straight away. It’s close, we know the defender is heading, even the one behind De Ligt, I’m I don’t know sure if he’s offside, the linesman is too hasty, he has to wait, those are the rules! I think the goalkeeper stops, it’s a great finish, wouldn’t he have saved it?”

Alphonso Davies had opened the scoring that evening, putting Bayern 1-0 up in Madrid and 3-2 on aggregate. Joselu then scored twice, first in the 89th minute and again moments later, to thrill the Bernabeu and set up a Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund.

It means Thomas Tuchel will leave the German club this summer without winning a trophy this season, but he and his players were left seething at the call-up.

Bayern Munich lost their lead late in the Champions League(Getty images)

After the match he said “it was a very, very bad decision” and “against the rules”. The ex-Chelsea coach continued: “There was a disastrous decision by the linesman and the referee. In the end it feels like a betrayal. The linesman says sorry, but that doesn’t help. To raise the flag in the blink of an eye like this… The referee sees that we get the second ball and that we shoot. It’s difficult to swallow, but that’s how it is.’