July 15, 2024

Milan experienced a moment of astonishment when a goal by Samuel Chukwueze against Sassuolo was disallowed due to what could be deemed the narrowest offside decision in Serie A history. Chukwueze had successfully connected with a Rafael Leao pass from the left, only for the linesman to raise the offside flag immediately.

Upon VAR review, it became evident that Martin Erlic’s delayed movement had nearly synchronized with Chukwueze’s position, making it an extremely close call. This situation highlighted the precision of the Semi-Automatic Offside Technology, already implemented in Serie A and soon to be introduced in the Premier League, which discerned the minuscule gap between them.

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Remarkably, the footage revealed that a fraction of Chukwueze’s shoulder was marginally offside, prompting a thorough consideration of body parts that can legally score a goal when assessing offside positions.

Such an intricate decision suggests that Serie A may not witness many closer calls in the future.

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