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  • giovanni tiso,

    The people calling for a penalty goal rule neglect to consider that the penalty try in rugby is awarded because it's hard to give e penalty in rugby whose outcome is more likely to be a try than not. In soccer you can give a penalty and send the player off, which is a major sanction and very likely to result in a goal. And it has the advantage of settling the issue with a proper play.

    No-one here was calling for Fifa to change the rules then were they?

    They weren't. And I'm not aware of a situation like the one that befell Ghana ever happening in a major tournament. To make a major rule change based on such an unlikely event seems an over-reaction to me. (Not that it's going to happen or anything.)

    Suarez by the way got a one-game suspension, indicating that the disciplinary committee didn't think he had cheated either.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Does every act of foul play become an act of deliberate cheating, and automatic red card offense?

    Who's saying that? Deliberately preventing a goal that would have changed the result of a World Cup match seems pretty severe to me - so the result should surely be more severe than a run of the mill foul. But then maybe I don't sufficiently appreciate the charm or "beauty" of dishonest play by cynical scumbags.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    You guys really must get over this. Not even Ghana is complaining. (Mmhh... okay, Rajevic did actually. I was misinformed.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I'm not aware of a situation like the one that befell Ghana ever happening in a major tournament.

    Given the lack of a proportionate response and the scale of benefit (including the perpetrator being feted as a hero, which really gets my goat), I think you'll see it again and again from now on- unless the rules are changed. But hey, it's only a game. As you were.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    including the perpetrator being feted as a hero, which really gets my goat

    You bet.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Sacha, people have handled the ball on/near the goal-line since the dawn of time - or cameras, anyway. England's Jack Charlton did it in 1966, at the World Cup. There have been many instances in big games (e.g. Liverpool in a League Cup final at Wembley).

    As a consequence, the rules have changed: it is now an automatic red card and penalty, whereas before it was a lottery.

    You won't see it "again and again" because this context - the 120th minute - is very rare. It's very unusual to see such desperation while a team can still win and a player can stay on the pitch.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1324 posts Report Reply

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