Fans have been left in shock after footage of Liverpool hero Jerzy Dudek's "cheating" in the 2005 Champions League final penalty shootout resurfaced.
Dudek wrote himself into Reds folklore by saving two spot kicks as they pulled off the Miracle of Istanbul following their comeback from 3-0 down against AC Milan. His stop for Andrea Pirlo's strike has caused quite the stir, though.
The goalkeeper had advanced way off his line before Pirlo struck the ball – something he would not get away with in today's day and age. Responding to the clip, one fan wrote: "I’m still in disbelief that this was allowed to happen."
Another tweeted: "He's a million miles away off his line…how that's not a retake I do not know, it's cheating, Liverpool's "miracle of Istanbul" is the biggest myth and con in world football."
"If Dudek was any further off his line he could have shook Pirlo's hand," joked one viewer. "Biggest miracle of Istanbul is that this wasn’t retaken," sarcastically added another.
One baffled fan commented: "This is genuinely one of the worst decisions in football history. There is literally a linesman next to the goal whose job it is to make sure the keeper is on the line when the penalty is taken…"
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However, it's only in recent years that officials have started to fully enforce the rule of goalkeepers staying on their line until a penalty is taken. Liverpool supporters were quick to point out AC shot stopper Dida had done the same to save one of their penalties.
A law change was introduced ahead of the 2019/20 season which stated a 'goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on, or in line with, the goal line when a penalty kick is taken', restricting them from standing behind it.
While Dudek pushed the rules, he revealed in his A Big Pole in our Goal autobiography that reserve 'keeper Scott Carson and coach Jose Ochotorena were behind his saves.
He wrote: "I'm not sure if many people noticed this, but it was actually Scott who would raise his hands to signal which way I should dive. Ocho would look at his notes and tell him which arm to raise as each of their players walked down towards me."
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