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Laws of the Game – Goalkeeper handballs ball outside area

22 Mar

This is a post i wanted to publish a while ago but for some reason i forgot to schedule it.

Basically it was in response to the APOEL Vs Apollon championship game where the APOEL goalkeeper, Pardo, handled the ball outside his area. He was shown a yellow card.

In the meantime there was another incident in the Olympiakos Vs AEL match this month where the AEL goalkeeper also handled the ball outside his area. Again he was only shown a yellow card.

In both instances there were calls that both goalkeepers should have been sent off.

Unfortunately i don’t have the videos of these incidents which would help to clear things up so i only want to state/copy what the Laws of the Game are. In my opinion the first decision (APOEL keeper) was correct but the 2nd decision (AEL keeper) it was incorrect and should have been sent off. Ironically, he saved a penalty in the following game against Anorthosis.

In bold are the important paragraphs to take note.

“A player is sent off, however, if he prevents a goal or an obvious goalscoring
opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This punishment arises not from
the act of the player deliberately handling the ball but from the unacceptable
and unfair intervention that prevented a goal being scored.”

“Outside his own penalty area, the goalkeeper has the same restrictions
on handling the ball as any other player.”

LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

Sending off offences

– Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

Handling the ball

Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with
the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into
consideration:

  • the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
  • the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
  • the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an
  • infringement
  • touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.)
  • counts as an infringement
  • hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) counts as an
  • infringement

Disciplinary sanctions

There are circumstances when a caution for unsporting behaviour is required
when a player deliberately handles the ball, e.g. when a player:

  • deliberately and blatantly handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining
    possession
  • attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball

A player is sent off, however, if he prevents a goal or an obvious goalscoring
opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This punishment arises not from
the act of the player deliberately handling the ball but from the unacceptable
and unfair intervention that prevented a goal being scored.

Restart of play

  • Direct free kick from the position where the offence occurred (see Law 13 –
    Position of free kick) or penalty kick

Outside his own penalty area, the goalkeeper has the same restrictions
on handling the ball as any other player.

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