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Distin bemoans derby goal decision

6 May 2013 16:09

Everton defender Sylvain Distin does not understand why the officials disallowed his goal against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Frenchman headed home a Leighton Baines corner in the second half of the game at Anfield - which ended in a 0-0 draw - but had his celebrations cut short as referee Michael Oliver immediately awarded a free-kick to the hosts.

Having since seen replays of the incident, Distin is still unsure as to the reason a foul was called.

"We've been disallowed a goal that was perfectly right, but that happens in football and we have to accept it," he told the club's official website.

"When I scored, I didn't really understand or see what happened. I asked Vic (Victor Anichebe) and he said he didn't commit a foul. We looked at it in the dressing room after the game on the video and I can't see a foul. It's not even something soft.

"If there was a foul, then there is a foul at every free-kick or set-piece. So we're a bit disappointed because it seems like this is a place where I like to score!

"I would have been happy with another one, but we are still happy with the performance."

Despite his unhappiness with the decision, the 35-year-old insisted he does not blame the referee for getting things wrong in the heat of the moment.

"I don't think it is clear and at the end of the day, it is the judgement of one man which is the referee," he added.

"It is for him to decide if it is a foul or not. It's definitely easier to have a look at it in the dressing room in slow-motion and from different angles.

"Sometimes when you're on the pitch and it's live, it's difficult.

"I'm not blaming the referee or judging him or anything. I can understand because we all make mistakes - we make mistakes as players, they make mistakes as referees.

"I'm just a little bit disappointed but it's still a good result."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
5 May 2013
Game week
36
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
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Full-time
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Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
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