Uefa have confirmed that the Swedish officials acted appropriately in allowing Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s opening goal to stand in last nights victory over Italy.
Although Christian Panucci was off the pitch at the time of the goal, he was deemed to be playing Van Nistelrooy onside.
UEFA general secretary David Taylor commented: “If we did not have this interpretation then what could happen is the defending team could step off the pitch to play offside and that is clearly unacceptable,” UEFA general secretary David Taylor.
“We have to have the laws as simple as possible for the referee to interpret and for tactical use of the laws if you introduce other interpretations. As a defender you are in play unless you have permission to be off the field.”
Holland went on to beat the reigning World Champions 3-0 thanks to further goals from Sneijder and Van Bronckhorst.