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  • "I was sat in the corner of the South Stand in the upper tier right in line with the goal line. I can confirm that the ball definitely did not cross the line - after hitting the crossbar it bounced about a foot on the pitch.

    No one around me who had an equally clear view was of the opinion the ball was even near crossing the line either. If it had crossed the line, there would have been a lot of whinging from this section of the crowd.

    Hope that clears things up."
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Constable frustrated as Oxford United hit by 'ghost goal'

James Constable's header Picture: Darrell Fisher

James Constable's header Picture: Darrell Fisher

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

OXFORD United will be hoping tomorrow’s officials have their eyes peeled after a controversial incident in the 3-2 defeat to Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day.

Just after falling behind, James Constable powered a header which hit the underside of the crossbar.

Referee Andy Davies allowed play to continue, but footage appeared to show the ball had crossed the line.

Constable was frustrated, but admitted it was not clear at the time, tweeting: “I wasn’t sure, thought it was close but couldn’t see through all the bodies! Linesman had the best view!”

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