The following comment breaks from the thread… Sorry about that.
I am writing in connection to the second Croatian goal against the Rep of Ireland in Euro 2012.
Yes, the defender played the ball, but the attacker was clearly in an offside position and seeking advantage (opportunity).
Is there, thus, not a contradiction within the offside law?
I say scrap offside… If a team wants to leave poachers in the opposing penalty area, fine and dandy… Their midfield / defence will suffer. Have there ever been any FIFA experiments with games in which offside was ignored.
On another matter, how on earth did the ref not award a penalty or free kick when Keane was bundled on the edge of the area? Why did not the official on the goal-line wave his flag?]]>