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Penalties - Handball rant

Aug 4, 2010
With recent controversy on penalties for handball, here’s my take. I agree, for once, with Arian Chiles that only two people know for certain whether handball is deliberate viz. the ‘perpetrator’ and God. I feel that refs are too quick to award penalties just because the ball has touched a player’s hand. I know that refs have a difficult job as it is but it seems to me they err on giving the benefit of the (considerable) doubt to the forward, no doubt egged on by the crowd and the appealing players. In reality, how many defenders think ‘I’d better handle this ball in the penalty area in case it leads to a goal?’

Two recent examples. I truly believe in the West Ham/Man U game, the former was definitely not a penalty (for which justice was served) and the latter was marginal. Thus I think Sam was wrong to say both should have been given or not given. The other case was the Suarez ‘handball’ for his goal against Mansfield. I’m not sure whether it was deliberate – but you can bet that if it had been a defender in the same circumstances in reverse (if you see what I mean) that the same ref would have awarded a penalty.

So my answer is simple. Rely on the player admitting it was deliberate (yeah right) or allowing all players to pick up the ball and run with it but only while it’s in the penalty area (ditto):winking:.

Rant over. What do others think?