CARDIFF’S 3-1 Championship win at Wigan faces an FA probe after it was played with a goal BIGGER than the other.
Bluebirds caretaker Mark Hudson revealed two of his coaches spotted a crossbar TWO INCHES taller than the legal eight feet.
But Hudson claimed referee James Bell insisted it would take “two hours” to investigate the issue, so the game went ahead with goals of different sizes.
To add to the farce, Cardiff’s third goal – scored by Ryan Wintle – came from under the higher crossbar in the north end of DW Stadium by Latics.
Wigan boss Leam Richardson said: “That sums up our day – if he had had the free-kick down the other end it would have gone off the crossbar and not into the goal.”
The EFL confirmed to SunSport that goal-line technology was recalibrated before kick-off, but FA Law 1 in relation to the pitch dictates that goals must be 8ft high and 8yards wide.
In addition, the rules state that if a crossbar is displaced or broken, play must be halted until it is put back in position – and if that is not possible, “play must be abandoned”.
Yesterday’s game – postponed by just seven minutes because of the crossbar problem – also raises questions about the integrity of the Championship as two of Cardiff’s three goals came in illegal goals.
Hudson explained, “Two of my coaches spotted the problem and we tried to report it right away.
“We were told by the referee that the inquest would take two hours but we just wanted to move on.
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“I asked if we could use just the one goal for the whole game!”
Rugby league club Wigan Warriors also play at DW Stadium but have not hosted a home game since mid-September.
The goals are taken down by Wigan ground staff at the end of each game and set up again before the next game.
The Professional Game Match Officials Board, the body responsible for match officials in the Prem and EFL, has been asked for comment.
SunSport understands the decision to resume play was made after the game and club officials agreed to play as fans were already at the stadium.
EFL regulations require match officials to respect the Laws of the Game.
And the EFL will now write to hometown club Wigan demanding answers after believing the issue has been resolved ahead of kick-off.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6399613/wigan-fa-rap-cardiff-goal-efl/ Wigan meets FA rap after starting against Cardiff by a goal BIGGER than the other as EFL demand answers after clash