Uruguayan linesman blames Lampard’s shot speed for horror decision

July 6th, 2010 - 6:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jul 6 (ANI): Uruguayan linesman Mauricio Espinosa, who is at the centre of England’s disallowed goal controversy, has admitted that he was caught out by the speed of Frank Lampard’s shot.

Espinosa failed to spot Lampard’s effort had bounced over the line after crashing down off the underside of the bar during England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany in Bloemfontein.

Had the goal been given, England would have drawn level at 2-2, The Sun reports.

Coach Fabio Capello is convinced that his side could have then gone on to win the game.

It turned out to be the last game Espinosa was involved in, as FIFA did not include him on their retained list for the last eight and beyond.

“It was a very fast shot that I did not see properly, even though I was located in the right place. We didn’t see a replay in the dressing room at halftime but you could sense what had happened,” Espinosa told El Pais.

“It was only when we saw the TV that we realised what happened. I feel quite sad about it because we had prepared for such a long time for the World Cup.

“It could have happened to anyone, unfortunately it was us. You just have to accept it. Life goes on,” Espinosa added. (ANI)

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