Amateur match interrupted as dog invades pitch and makes goal-line clearance

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A football-loving pooch has gone viral after he saved an inevitable goal this week in a Greater Glasgow Premier AFL President's Cup match.

The four-legged friend decided to get involved in a game between amateur sides Vale of Leven AFC and Ferguslie Star.

Valen of Leven won the game 3-2, though the away side may feel hard done by as they had a goal-bound strike blocked by a dog who had ran on to the pitch.

As shown below, Fergusile forward Ross Hamilton latched on to a long pass, played onside by a shaky offside trap, and bared down on goal.

The no.20 looked like he had slotted it past the Leven goalkeeper, only to be denied by a dog who was in the goalmouth having a good ol’ sniff.

Once saved by the ‘Hand of Dog’, the ball was bundled home, only for the referee to disallow the goal and give the Leven goalkeeper a drop ball.

The decision by the ref has divided football fans on Twitter, with plenty in utter disbelief that the man in the middle didn’t give the goal, but others pointing to the rule book and commending the brave verdict.

Scottish Premier League referee Bobby Madden also posted on his Instagram about how he would have dealt with the situation.

He posted an image of the incident on his story with a quiz question on what the outcome of the interference should have been. The correct answer, in his eyes, was ‘dropped ball’. He joked ‘I always wondered why they asked this in the laws test!’

Vale of Leven has, understandably, decided to ignore the legal side of their favourable decision, tweeting an image of a golden retriever resting his paw on a football with the caption ‘Shout out to tonight's man of the match for his goal-line clearance’.

The name of the dog remains unknown, but there is certainly room for imagination. Alisson Barker? Stray Given? David Dog Gea? Woofjech Szczesny?

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