The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IN OUR game against Gilling­ham this week, El­liot He­witt was dis­missed for han­dling Fran­cois Zoko’s shot on the goal line. Zoko stepped up and slot­ted the penalty. But... why did he have to?

It al­ways strikes me that an act by a player that bla­tantly de­nies a goal should be pun­ished by a penalty goal not a penalty. I see ab­so­lutely no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for giv­ing an op­po­si­tion goal­keeper the chance to make a save.

In whose lan­guage is it ‘just’ if a player de­lib­er­ately pre­vents a cer­tain goal and, in the end, af­ter a missed penalty, that goal doesn’t stand?

I have agreed to join an LMA panel to dis­cuss mat­ters of a tech­ni­cal na­ture. Hope­fully, we will be more than just a talk­ing shop and will be able to make rec­om­men­da­tions for im­prove­ments that make a mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence.

Never should the game lose its heart or soul. But that doesn’t mean it can­not mod­ernise.

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