On Saturday 20th September Watford and Reading drew their Coca-Cola Championship match 2-2 at Vicarage Road.

Reading took the lead in the fourteenth minute and in light of the controversy that has followed the incident The Football League and The Professional Game and Match Officials Board have issued the following statements:


Following Steve Coppell's suggestion that he would be prepared to re-stage last Saturday's fixture with Watford at Vicarage Road, The Football League have confirmed that there is no prospect of the match being replayed.

Andy Williamson, the League's Chief Operating Officer said: "The Laws of the Game give no discretion in these matters - the referee's decision regarding whether a goal is scored or not is final and binding".

"Given this explicit position, the League cannot intervene".


The Professional Game and Match Officials Board (PGMO) have analysed the incident at Watford where the referee, after consultation with his assistant, awarded a goal to Reading. It is clear that the ball did not cross the goal line between the goalposts.

According to the Laws of the Game, the decision of the Referee, regarding facts connected with play are final and that includes whether a goal is scored or not. The referee cannot change that decision once the game has been restarted.

Football is a human game played at a fast pace where mistakes are made by players and match officials alike. We regret this error of judgement and will now work with the officials concerned to determine how this occurred in an attempt to minimise such mistakes in the future.