Clingan looks set to be denied goal

City midfielder Sammy Clingan looks set to lose out in the debate over what constitutes a goal or an own goal. Clingan's free-kick was inadvertently carried into the net by Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, giving his side a 1-0 lead en route to a 5-2 victory.

City midfielder Sammy Clingan looks set to lose out in the debate over what constitutes a goal or an own goal.

Clingan's free-kick was inadvertently carried into the net by Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, giving his side a 1-0 lead en route to a 5-2 victory.

The Northern Ireland international celebrated what looked like his second goal in successive home games, but the Canaries have confirmed it will be officially recorded as an Ikeme own goal.

Club secretary Kevan Platt said that as the Championship had no “dubious goals panel” - of the kind that operates in the Premier League - clubs were guided by whoever was credited with the goal by the Press Association representative at the game. In this case, the 'keeper was given the goal, although he is unlikely to want it.


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Under the same policy, City striker Leroy Lita has benefited. He was credited with a hat-trick by PA, although Wolves defenders got the final touch to two of his goals. In the case of Lita's third goal, replays suggest his header from Clingan's free-kick may just have been going wide before glancing off the head of Wolves defender Neill Collins.

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