Two days on, Leverkusen are blaming the referee for Manchester United loss

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Bayer Leverkusen is still not over their 4-2 loss against Manchester FC two days ago

Manchester’s victory over Bayern Leverkusen in their first Champions League match this season was crowned with Wayne Rooney’s 200th goal. But that should never have happened, claims the Bundesliga's third placed side.

The German club has no problem with Rooney’s 200th goal, but with his 199th goal.

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Leverkusen’s captain and German international Simon Rolfes said in today’s issue of Bild, that Rooney’s goal was a double mistake by the official. “That is a cause for the UEFA!” And the German tabloid asks provocatively ”Why are there goal line referees when they don’t see the foul?”

To be honest and accurate, there was no double mistake. It was a triple mistake. Analysing the build-up for the goal, one could see that Patrice Evra, who hit a cross to the number 10, is offside. And at the minute of Rooney’s volley shot it is furthermore obvious that Antonio Valencia is offside too and is blocking Leverkusen’s keeper Bernd Leno keeping him a little bit off balance.

To be fair to the officials both offsides are really close and after 100-times of watching it on the computer it’s still hard to tell and even more so at game speed. But Valencia’s block should be called a foul without a doubt.

Leverkusen’s sporting director and German international legend Rudi Voller is angry about the referee’s breakdown. His team could have left with some points, he said to Bild. But only if the goal line “mannequin” is doing his job, Voller is continuing.

He apparently forgot that Manchester United FC won 4-2, not 4-3.

What do you think? Does Leverkusen have a point there? Or are they sore losers?

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