Referees, reports The Guardian have been told to favour attacking teams on tight offside calls after being sent a directive that tells them: "Don't get stuck in a time warp. Gone are the days when we would prefer a 'dodgy offside' to a 'dodgy goal'."
The body that runs the elite referees, Professional Game Match Officials Limited, feels that a linesman will get more criticism for wrongly disallowing a goal than incorrectly awarding one.
The move comes after the linesman Peter Kirkup wrongly flagged when Salomon Kalou got the ball in the net for Chelsea during the 0-0 draw against Blackburn in Jose Mourinho's last league game a fortnight ago.
On Wednesday night in the Carling Cup, TV replays showed a Diomansy Kamara "goal" for Fulham should have stood with the extra-time score against Bolton at 1-1. The incident sparked an outburst from Fulham's manager, Lawrie Sanchez and Fulham went on to lose.