Why Newcastle had Tiote's goal ruled out

Cheick Tiote smashed one in, only for it to be ruled out. Photo: PA

Referee Mike Jones caused uproar at St James' Park when he disallowed Cheick Tiote's strike for Newcastle against Manchester City.

It appeared that Jones deemed that Yoan Gouffran - who was stood in an offside position when Tiote struck the ball - was interfering with an opponent by distracting Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

This is what Law 11 of the game says about such incidents:

:: A player is not committing an offence simply by being in an offside position.

:: Active involvement plus offside position is the offence.

While in an offside position, there are three things a player cannot do:

:: Interfere with play

:: Interfere with an opponent

:: gain an advantage by being in an offside position

Interfering with an opponent is defined as:

:: preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball. For example, by clearly obstructing the goalkeeper's line of vision or movement

:: making a gesture or movement which, in the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent

  • the opponent must be reasonably close to the play so that the blocking, deceiving or distracting makes a difference
Alan Pardew confronted referee Mike Jones over Cheick Tiote's disallowed goal. Credit: PA