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Still can’t believe that idiotic decision
Except for the above offences, it is not an offence if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm:
- directly from the player’s own head or body (including the foot)
- directly from the head or body (including the foot) of another player who is close
- if the hand/arm is close to the body and does not make the body unnaturally bigger
- when a player falls and the hand/arm is between the body and the ground to support the body, but not extended laterally or vertically away from the body
Surely it shouldn't be a penalty then considering Carroll was extremely close. This rule was meant to be brought in to remove ambiguity, yet 'a player who is close' is an extremely ambiguous sentence. How close is close?
Like the rules were manipulated to suit powerful teams like Leicester yesterday against the feeble Mancity?The rules are interpreted or manipulated to suit certain powerful teams or to screw others.
This should be a very real tactic.At this point just kick the ball at someone’s arm in the box every single time. This is so fucking ridiculous.
This should be a very real tactic.
Why the hell not - if they're going to have this ridiculous rule, then highlighting every game and making it even more of a mockery is the only way to counter it.
If a striker like Kane actually adopted this tactic then I could easily see 3-4 penalties being given in a single match.
Just aim it at the arms every time the opposition packs the box or parks the bus.
This is brilliant. Made me laugh out loud. Cheers for 0utting a smile on my face for the day. Sheer brilliance.
It's the last minute of the match and a free kick has been awarded for a non-existent foul. The ball is lofted into the area and a defender and centre forward jump for the ball. Behind the centre back, another attacker has taken out a flick knife and stabs the defender in the liver. As the centre half raises in arms in agony, the ball brushes his arm, before he falls to the ground, blood gushing from the wound.
As paramedics desperately try to save the life of the victim of this vicious attack, VAR is called upon to review the situation. You are the ref - what's your call?
Cut to Peter Walton in the studio...
"Attempted or actual murder does not fall within the remit of VAR. Therefore the referee has no alternative but to award a penalty. A posthumous red card for the unfortunate defender could be seen as excessive however."
I agree with all that, I would say however that there has always been a problem with the word "deliberate". Excluding handballs like the one in Macedonia or Luis Suárez's against Ghana in the World Cup, where the intention is obvious, the rest of the time you are essentially asking the referee to read the mind of the defender.I just don’t understand why the rule has to be applied in this way. Surely the referee can consider the intent of the player? Penalties and free kicks are supposed to punish foul play.
All Dier did was jump with his back to the ball and the ball happened to touch his arm. Everyone who watches football can see the difference between a deliberate handball and an accidental one. Basically this new rule says that unless your arm is held close against your body, it’s now a penalty if the ball touches it. But that’s obviously not right, players cannot keep their arms low and tucked in at all times.
Last week in Europa league we got a pen because the guy slapped the ball off the line to prevent a goal. Clear handball and nobody can complain about that penalty. The Dier one is just...nothing. For me there has to be a deliberate intent to cheat and play the ball with the hand for there to be something worthy of punishment.
The Newcastle “handballs” at the other end were not worthy of a penalty either, none of them should be given. When we are talking about such short distances between the ball being played and defenders it’s insane that referees are giving penalties. They are supposed to consider the distances between ball and player. How can you get your arm out of the way if you have 3 milliseconds to do it?