Originally posted by mtthw
Well, it seems to be a rule designed to prevent a deliberate action, which (possibly unintentionally) has also affected the case when the action is not deliberate. But it's still the rule.
A point that seems to have been missed by every single commentator and pundit who watched the Netherlands v Italy game.
I guess the point is that the defender made absolutely no effort whatsoever to get back into play, but when felt that an injustice had been committed against him, he sprinted after the ref. The players obviously didn't know the rule themselves.
Some football pundits should be shot. They give their "expert opinion" on how rules should be in their own opinion, rather than interpreting the rules as they stand now.
A lot of flack that the refs get is due to uninformed pundits informing the uninformed public.
I think the refs/linesmen have a very tough job (I'd nearly say impossible with regards the linos. How can you look 2 different places at once). Pundits label offside (especially) decisions as disgraceful, AFTER watching it 5 times from different angles in super slowmo with a line superimposed.
In my opinion, pundits should have to make a snap decision (as the refs/linos do) before they've seen any replays. When their wrong decisions start accummulating, they might be prepared to give a little more leniency to the officials.
Having said that, I don't think the number of incorrect decisions made by linos should be tolerated. I just think that pointing the finger at somebody who is being asked to do an impossible job isn't the most productive use of their public voice. Technology should be proposed time and again for enforcing the offside rule, or at least get 2 people to decide on offsides...1 to press a button the instant the ball is kicked, and the other to indicate when a player moves into an offside position.