Ukraine should have been awarded a goal in its European Championship game against England, UEFA refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina said Wednesday.
"We made a mistake,'' Collina said. "I wish we hadn't made the mistake but we did. Referees are human beings and human beings make mistakes.''
England defender John Terry made a goal-line clearance in the decisive group match in Donetsk on Tuesday, but replays showed the ball was over the line. England led 1-0 at the time and won the match 1-0. Leveling the scores would have put Ukraine in a better position to push for victory and qualify for the quarterfinals.
The additional assistant referee, standing just a few yards from the incident, failed to spot that the ball crossed the line before Terry kicked it clear.