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Dempsey robbed of a goal by the Premier League

13 February 2:40 pm

Dempsey robbed of a goal by the Premier League

By Nate Sulat

There's nothing like a good bit of outrage to spice up your day.

Why am I outraged, you ask? In a word, this.

<a data-cke-saved-href='http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=ee06d881-6e53-474b-a6c5-8ce935992214&src=v5:embed::' href='http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=ee06d881-6e53-474b-a6c5-8ce935992214&src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='Clint Dempsey's notable goal' >Video: Clint Dempsey's notable goal</a>

Now, the only outrage that I should be feeling is how outrageously awesome that goal was. What I'm actually feeling is annoyed that the Premier League gave the goal to Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen as an OG.

Not only is that wrong in a "is this justice?" sense, but as nearly as I can tell it's wrong in a regulatory sense, as well. According to a 2006 FIFA Fact Sheet, “shots that ... rebound from the goal frame and bounce off a defender or goalkeeper are not considered as own-goals," and that's clearly what happened to Dempsey and Sorensen.

The only reason I know this to be the case is because I wrote an article about something similar in October when a Faryd Mondragon own goal was given to Dane Richards after a 1-0 Red Bulls win over the Union. My guess is that, after review by the awesomely-named Dubious Goals Committee, the FA will also reverse their ruling and Dempsey will get his goal. But in the meantime, I'll happily wallow in my resentment.