Date: 21st September 2006 at 10:55pm
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Watford midfielder Damien Francis says he is infuriated with the decision of the FA`s Dubious Goals Panel to take away his Goodison Park goal.

“I’m livid,” Francis said after the goal he scored in the 2-1 defeat at Everton on the opening day of the season has now gone down as an Alan Stubbs own goal. “I don’t understand who makes these decisions.”

To make matters worse for Francis, Andy Johnson`s goal, which deflected off Watford defender Lloyd Doyley, has been bizarrely credited to Johnson instead of going down as a Doyley own goal. The box-to-box midfielder believes this could be something to do with Watford`s status as a smaller Premiership club.

“It could be something to do with the fact that Johnson is a high-profile player, and they think of us simply as ‘little Watford’,” continued the £1.6million summer signing, who is set to play against his former club Wigan Athletic when the Hornets travel to the JJB stadium on Saturday.

“He is an England player, and maybe the authorities don’t want to rock the boat. Johnson’s shot was going off target, whereas mine was going on target – but they gave him his goal, but took mine away, which is ludicrous.”

Indeed it is. The appropriately named Dubious Goals Panel have made a dubious decision themselves.

Watford, however, have written to the FA in hope of getting the nonsensical decision overturned but I wouldn`t hold your breath Damien, as the bureaucrats that are running (or is that ruining) our national game have a severe lack of common sense.

On second thoughts, why is there a need for a Dubious Goals Panel? Then again, it is the same people who brought us Sven Goran Eriksson