Towards the end of the first half, Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar is off the field of play when Bolton take a corner kick. Referee Martin Atkinson allows the restart. Had the ball gone in to the goal, it would have been an embarrassing moment for the referee.
[As Bolton (white) take a corner kick, goalkeeper Van der Sar (yellow) is off the field of play behind the goal line]
Note: A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than eleven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
[At half-time, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has words with referee Martin Atkinson (pic courtesy of Reuters)]
Managers have now approached referee Martin Atkinson at half-time in two consecutive premier league matches. The first was Arsene Wenger at the Arsenal v West Ham match a week earlier. This week, it was Alex Ferguson. To be fair, Ferguson apologized to the referee when the teams emerged for the second half restart.