PENALTY? NO, GIVE A GOAL
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.