Watch: The wacky nullified NYCFC goal in its 1-1 tie with Toronto FC

Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono's punt banged off the back of Jesus Medina's head, but ref David Gantar  ruled foul play on Medina in the game that ended up 1-1. It was questionable call because Medina didn't actually prevent the keeper from "releasing the ball."

9 comments about "Watch: The wacky nullified NYCFC goal in its 1-1 tie with Toronto FC".
  1. Wallace Wade, May 16, 2021 at 8:52 a.m.

    That's just bad refereeing once again

  2. beautiful game replied, May 16, 2021 at 10:35 a.m.

    Terrible injustice for NYCFC...referee botched the call.

  3. Beau Dure replied, May 16, 2021 at 6:20 p.m.

    I agree with Austin below -- he clearly jumped. Solid call.

  4. Austin Gomez, May 16, 2021 at 10:33 a.m.

    Mike Woitall, a fellow Soccer Referee:  If one closely watches this Video and firmly understands the Laws-of-the-Game, this was an excellent Decision, that was whistled by MLS Referee David Gantar in his correctly nullifying the Goal, because NYCFC forward (Medina) had deliberately 'Jumped Up' to block the Toronto Goalkeeper's Punt of Alex Bono --- thus 'Preventing the Release-of-the-Ball into play, by committing that clear Offense! .......... The RESULT was properly managed in giving Toronto an INDIRECT FREE KICK for this obvious 'INTERFERENCE' (without any Disciplinary Card mandated, (as per LAW 12)! ----- (Eh, Wallace Wade)?

  5. Ben Myers replied, May 16, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.

    Agree 100% with the call.  No jump, no award of indirect.  Medina could also have been awarded a yellow for USB.  One must question the haste of keeper Bono, not taking a quick step to his right before punting the ball.

  6. Kent James, May 16, 2021 at 2:46 p.m.

    You guys are right.  When I first saw it, I thought they might be punishing the keeper for deliberately kicking it at an opposing player (striking the player with the ball), which would also be a challenging decision....

  7. Bob Ashpole, May 17, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.

     I am happy to read that the gang has already supported the call. When I watched the video my first thought was: What is wacky about this?

  8. R2 Dad, May 18, 2021 at 12:05 p.m.

    I amazes me that 15YOs much less grown professionals continue to impede the keeper. There are video clips of Ronaldinho, van Persie, Neymar, Eto'o all doing this. Clever on the training ground, but it's clear the clubs spend little time on the LOTG with their players. 

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, May 19, 2021 at 3:51 a.m.

    The need for education is more widespread than that. No doubt there are youth coaches encouraging their players to impede keeper distributions and restarts in general. While we can debate when and how in development coaches should cover foul play, there is no real debate that youth coaches must first teach players how to play fairly.

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