Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia has revealed that he had actually thought that the ball had crossed the line in the famous ‘ghost goal’ incident against Chelsea in the 2005 Champions League semi-final.
Garcia’s goal in the semi-final turned out to be controversial, however, and to this day it is still uncertain as to whether the ball had crossed the line.
“No, I didn’t,” Garcia told FourFourTwo when asked if he had celebrated to try and trick the officials.
“I had the best view of anyone and I celebrated the goal because I truly believe that I saw the ball go over the line.
“It all happened so quickly but look at my movement when I hit the shot, and also as Chelsea try to clear the ball.
“It’s natural because I saw what I saw, and that was the ball crossing the line.”
“After that semi-final he came up to me and wished me luck for the final.
“I have so much respect for him, as I saw how hard he worked to get to where he is now.
“He’ll always deny my goal, but if I was him I’d do the same.”