Thu 21 January 2021 | 11:51

Mings hits back at controversial offside rule

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings was baffled by the controversial offside decision in their game against Man City.


suffered a 2-0 defeat against

Manchester City

on Wednesday, with two goals from

Bernardo Silva


Gabriel Jesus


The losing side were confused after City's


was not ruled offside when he stole the ball off


. The midfielder moved quickly and set up Bernardo Silva's strike in the 79th minute.

Despite standing in an offside position when the ball was played forward, Mings' attempt to play the ball meant the phase of play reset, and Rodri was brought onside, according to the laws of the game.

Tyrone Mings revealed he had not heard of the rule and slammed it as ‘nonsense’.

"Never even heard of that rule,"

he tweeted.

"Just let players stand offside, then run back & tackle you? In hindsight I should’ve cleared it, 100%, but didn’t even know that was the case. Nonsense."

Villa manager

Dean Smith

was sent off after overstepping the mark with his protests against the decision to the referee but he said he does not blame Manchester City for taking advantage of the situation.

“I would expect my players to put the ball in the back of the net as well, so it’s nothing against Manchester City players at all,"

he said


“I just don’t understand the ruling. If somebody is offside and they’re taking advantage of that offside position by tackling from behind, then surely that’s offside?

“I don’t think there’s anyone in this stadium apart from the officials who think that’s a goal. That’s why we’re so frustrated.

source: SportMob

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