LITESPORT BRISTOLCITYbossGaryJohnson insists the phantom goal scored by Crystal Palace on Saturday was ruled out for an infringement andhasdemandedanapologyfrom referees chief Keith Hackett. As referee Rob Shoebridge was told he was to be given a couple of weeks off after inexplicably ruling out Palace striker Freddie Sears goal, Johnson has come under fire after Palace boss Neil Warnockblastedthemforplaying on after the goal was missed. Johnson said on talkSPORT today: This morning Ive been accused of lying, cheating and unsporting behav- iour. My mum has even called me. Ive made a few phone-calls this morningtofindexactlywhathappened so it stops all the speculation. Ive spoken to the assessor of the game and just after the ball went into the net the linesman put his flag up. Therefereeranovertothelinesman who was still standing with his flag in the air and obviously spoke to him. At this point nobody knew why the goal was not given. We all saw the ball hit the back of the net. And then referee didnt give the goal so at the end we asked the referee why the goal wasnt given and he said for an infringement. That doesnt make me a cheat, a liar or unsporting. Thats whats in the report. Whats fuelled it all is Mr Hackett apologising to Palace and suspending the referees and linesman before we know whats in the report. We ourselves cant see an infringe- ment either or why the goal wasnt allowed. But I think he [Hackett] needs toapologisetoBristolCityfans,players and management now. They are the facts that will come out of the report of that event. But Hackett soon called talkSPORT and insisted: We have to recognise thatthereisamatchassessorandthere was also a coach present at the game. In their clear opinion there was a goal that should have been given and it was down to a clear error of the match officials [that it wasnt]. There was certainly a flag raised shortlyafterwards. Toclarifythat,that wasnothingtodowiththeballcrossing the line or an offence taking place. Describing the goal, Hackett said: The ball now has hit the back of the net. Its a goal, but not given. Were quite clear that this is an error and thats why I apologised to Palace. ExplainingwhyShoebridgehadbeen rested, Hackett added: Theres no doubt hell be fretting away but we will give him the support to rebuild him. I thinkitwillbeacoupleof weeksbefore we bring him back. He probably was outof position,shouldhavebeenthink- ing about that. 30 Monday, 17 August 2009 London Lite PHANTOMHackett says official will be rested but Bristol seek apology Celtic up next for Arsenals Verminator THOMAS VERMAELEN is refusing to dwell on his magnificent Arsenal debut and is ready to get physical with Celtic at Parkhead tomorrow night. The 10m summer signing from Ajax, wearing Kolo Toures old No5 jersey, shone alongside William Gallas at the heart of his new sides defence, and capped a flawless display with a fine headed goal in a 6-1 win. Having passed his first test with flying colours the Belgium international (right) is certain to start in tomorrows Champions League qualifier and is relishing the prospect of a real battle. He said: Celtic have some good, physical players up front and I think it could be a similar match to Everton. They will have a fanatical crowd and we will have to be physical again and also play our own game. Ballack wants to sparkle in the diamond CHELSEAS new diamond formation will come under further scrutiny against Sunderland tomorrow night but Germany captain Michael Ballack insists it is up to the players to make it work. Ballack was a half-time substitute for John Obi Mikel in Saturdays 2-1 win over Hull. Now he is hoping for a place in Carlo Ancelottis starting line-up at the Stadium of Light. Everybody is a little bit expectant about what we can achieve this year, said Ballack. It is not about the system, it is about how individuals perform on the pitch and whether they do the right things, so it is not as simple as just picking a system. shone alongside William Gallas at the heart of his new sides defence, and awless display with acapped a fl ne headed goal in a 6-1 win.fi rst testHaving passed his fi international ) is certain to start in tomorrows Champions League er and is relishing thequalifi prospect of a real battle. He said: Celtic have some good, physical players up front and I think it could be a similar match to Everton. They will have a fanatical crowd and we will have to be physical again and also play our own game. Ballack was a half-time substitute for John Obi Mikel in Saturdays 2-1 win over Hull. Now he is hoping for a place in Carlo Ancelottis starting line-up at the Stadium of Light. Everybody is a little bit expectant Ballack. 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