Galatasaray ‘broke little-known rule’ before goal against Man Utd with claims it should NOT have counted

GALATASARAY broke a law of the game during their first goal against Manchester United with some claiming it should have been disallowed.

Hakim Ziyech sparked the hosts’ comeback as he whipped a free-kick past Andre Onana after United had raced into a 2-0 lead.

Mauro Icardi appeared to be standing too close to the wall when the free-kick was taken

However the goal could have been chalked off as Mauro Icardi appeared to commit an infringement as the shot was taken.

That’s because he was only 61 centimetres away from Rasmus Hojlund who was standing in the wall, according to beIN SPORTS.

And FA Law 13.2 states attacking players must remain at least one metre away from a wall which contains three or more defenders, until the ball is in play.

United’s wall contained four players and Icardi appeared to be standing right next to it as Ziyech took the free-kick, which meant the goal could have been chalked off.

Galatasaray did have one goal disallowed after Mauro Icardi was judged to be offside in the tightest of calls.

Scott McTominay was also fortunate not to concede a penalty after the ball struck his arm in the area.

That did not dampen the hosts’ spirits however as Ziyech fired in another free-kick which Andre Onana somehow spilled into his own net.

Muhammed Aktürkoğlu then came off the bench to level the match at 3-3 with a rocket that flew into the top corner, and that is how the match ended.


United are now on the brink of Champions League elimination and must beat Bayern Munich in their final game.

Even if they manage to win that tricky contest United could exit the competition if either Galatasaray or Copenhagen win their clash next month.