CONSISTENCY OVER SIX SECOND RULE IS THE KEY FOR ME
WE CAN be absolutely sure of something: in the weeks to come, Simon Mignolet will not be the only goalkeeper penalised in the way he was last week.
Against Bordeaux in the Europa League, the Liverpool keeper gave a free-kick away after holding on to the ball for 20 seconds when the maximum time permitted is six. Bordeaux scored from the resulting indirect free-kick.
A domino effect ripples through in situations like this. One decision inevitably leads to another.
The timekeepers will be watching keepers very closely going forwards to measure the sixsecond rule.
The question arises around equitability. If a rule is enforced to the letter then there can be no argument. Where there can be an argument is when there is inconsistency.
A decision made around an ambiguous and rarely enforced rule could be a difference between promotion or relegation.
Moments like this are moments when clarity is required.
It must not be left to pundits to debate the rights and wrongs.We all need to know very clearly how referees will be told to enforce the rules from this moment forwards.
And they then need to follow that edict in a consistent manner.