Steven Gerrard criticizes referee Simon Hopper for ruling out a goal “desperately after the whistle”.

Steven Gerrard slams referee Simon Hopper for being “desperate for the whistle”… when the official’s quick actions resulted in Philippe Coutinho’s spectacular goal being wrongly ruled offside as Aston Villa drew with Manchester City

  • Philippe Coutinho struck from 20 meters which would have given Aston Villa the lead
  • Coutinho was wrongly flagged for offside and the referee blasted in front of goal
  • The game against Manchester City would then end in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park

Steven Gerrard has complained that referee Simon Hooper blew the whistle too quickly as he prevented Aston Villa from scoring a perfect goal.

Philippe Coutinho was unlucky not to put his side ahead against champions Manchester City after putting the ball into the net with spectacular skill.

The Brazilian collected a loose ball in Manchester City’s penalty area before dribbling into space 20 yards away and delivering a brilliant flick into the top corner of the goal.

Philippe Coutinho scored an amazing goal against Manchester City only to be wrongly ruled offside

Philippe Coutinho scored an amazing goal against Manchester City only to be wrongly ruled offside

However, he was flagged for offside by the linesman, despite replays showing he was in fact in a legal position.

His manager Steven Gerrard has questioned the officials’ decision to stop the game rather than let it flow.

He said: “I saw a legitimate goal but obviously I’m going to be biased.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard thought the referee was

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard thought the referee was ‘desperate for the whistle’

“The referee had done the same on the other end where Ezri Konsa challenges the goalkeeper, why not wait? Why not wait and then check or have others check if it’s a foul.

“But he was desperate for the whistle and that’s happened twice in the 90 minutes.”

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness also supported Gerrard’s view that the goal should have stood.

He said: I think it should have been, I just don’t understand why it wasn’t. The referee responds early on.

Graeme Souness thought Phillipe Coutinho's goal should have stood against the Citizens

Graeme Souness thought Phillipe Coutinho’s goal should have stood against the Citizens

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Maureen Mackey

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