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Sneaky Eto'o Confounds Cardiff

Cardiff City are unimpressed about the way Chelsea were allowed to equalise against them at the weekend.

The Blues were trailing when Samuel Eto’o pounced on the ball, as Cardiff ‘keeper David Marshall was bouncing it in preparation to kick a clearance.

In the melee that ensued, Eden Hazard scored, and Chelsea ultimately romped to victory.

But after the match it has emerged that according to the rules, the referee- who did not seem to see the incident- should have awarded a foul to the ‘keeper, and not a goal to Chelsea.

Fifa’s rulebook indicates that in such a scenario, the goalkeeper is “considered to be in control of the ball while the ball is between his hands and any surface and while in the act of bouncing it on the ground."

That means Eto’o should not have been allowed to steal the ball from Marshall, and that the goal should not have stood.

The Blues were the better team in their 4-1 win, but as a matter of principle, Cardiff want the goal explained.

"I did go and see the referee just purely to seek clarification as to what they thought they saw," Cardiff manager, Malky Mackay, said after the game.

"They were quite calm and clear. The linesman spoke to the referee and the referee spoke to the linesman and they felt that 'Marsh' dropped the ball. That's why I asked for the clarification on if he bounced it. And they immediately went: 'No, no, no, if he bounced it, it's a foul.'

"My goalkeeper had seen Eto'o standing there. He didn't come from behind him. He was standing there watching the striker. I think everybody was just waiting on him kicking it up the park and a lot of people had their back turned to it, walking up the park. Look, we know it's not going to make any difference to us, but we'll ask for clarification on it. Referees and linesmen are human. They're not making these [mistakes] on purpose. I'll ask Mike Riley and his team to look at it, and then I'll accept what it is that comes back from them. We just ask for clarification on it now that I've seen the issue. That's all."

Even though he was technically not at fault, Marshall has admitted that bouncing the ball in his area with Eto’o nearby was probably not the right thing to do.

"The goal was probably down to me," he said.

"It's a habit of mine to bounce the ball as I prepare to kick. The Chelsea player nipped in and knocked it away from me. I'm not sure of the rules, but it's probably my fault. The ball wasn't in my hands at the time. It's a habit I will have to get out of. I saw him [Eto'o], I knew he was there. But force of habit made me do what I did. I apologised to the boys at half-time."

Meanwhile, referee Anthony Taylor could be demoted to League One next week, as punishment, if the Professional Game Match Officials Limited decide he did not apply the rules correctly.

Read: Blues Too Strong For Cardiff

Watch: Sneaky Eto’o steals the ball

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