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April 21, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Sigi Schmid responds to the charge that Fucito’s goal shouldn’t have counted

“They’re saying because the throw-in was not at the spot where the ball went out of bounds. I think everything sort of gets magnified by the time-point in the game it takes place at. There was a ball – I don’t know if you remember – Ozzie played a long ball to Leo Gonzalez in the first half that went out of bounds and almost hit the corner flag. And they threw the ball in at basically level with the top of the 18 (penalty box). So that was 18 yards off the spot and nobody’s concerned with that because it was in their defensive half of the field and it wasn’t close (to our goal). To me, if you’re going to be nitpicky about the spot, then be nitpicky about the spot the whole game. Don’t say, ‘Oh, because it’s in the last two minutes, let’s be nitpicky about the spot,’ or ‘Because it’s in the attacking end, now we’re going to be nitpicky about the spot.’ Be nitpicky about the spot the whole end. The way some goalkeepers kick the ball, and there are fouls that occur inside their six-yard box and the goalkeeper then places the ball two yards outside the 18, you’ve all seen that happen. The way guys kick the ball now, those extra 15 yards mean the guy is kicking the ball into the top of your 18. Nobody seems to complain about that, or ever say anything. I think for me, OK did he throw it in at the spot it went out of bounds? No, he didn’t. But if we’re going to nitpick on it, let’s do it all the time. Let’s not be selective and say, ‘Well, if it’s in the last five minutes we’re going to be nitpicky. And if it’s in the final 30 yards of the field. Otherwise we don’t care.’ Let’s be consistent. But I’m not to argue and say he threw it in exactly where it went out of bounds.”

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