"The goal was correctly awarded... not many people, even in the game, and I include the players, know this interpretation [of Law 11]," Taylor said.
Roberto Donadoni, Italy coach, refused to blame the controversial goal for his team's thrashing at the hands of the Netherlands in their Euro 2008 opener in Bern.
Van Nistelrooy appeared to be in an offside position when he turned the ball home, after Panucci fell and went off the field of play behind the byline after clashing with other players in the preceding goalmouth scramble.
|"A goal is a goal and it is impossible to change the decision."|
The world champions protested to Swedish referee Peter Frojdfeldt and the Azzurri fans joined in having seen a replay of the 26th-minute incident on the stadium's big screen, but the goal stood.
"I don't like to talk about referees's decisions. A goal is a goal and it is impossible to change the decision," Donadoni told a news conference.
"We accept it."
Luca Toni, Italy striker, was convinced it was offside.
"I looked at the replay during the match and it looked to me as if it was offside," the Bayern Munich forward told reporters.
"I said to the referee, 'look at the replay'. But he didn't look so that was that."
Gerhard Kapl, Austrian referees' commission chairman, was quoted on the Austrian website www.sportal.at as saying the goal was correctly awarded.
"The injured player behind the goal counts as a player on the field and therefore it was not offside," said Kapl.
Uefa were unable to clear up the matter immediately and none of the experts quoted on various TV networks seemed able to point to a rule in Fifa's laws of the game which could clarify the position.
Italy were outmuscled by the Dutch in midfield and also failed to create many clear-cut chances.
"We weren't very good. The Dutch players have physical quality," said Donadoni, adding he was alarmed by some of his side's defending.
"It has just been one of those nights, now we must look forward.
"It's hard but you must be optimistic. There are other games."