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England penalty controversy: Did Sterling dive? Why no VAR? Laser pointer on Schmeichel?

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England most likely deserved its semifinal win on the stability of play, however the best way the English superior isn’t sitting properly with some followers.

A penalty kick referred to as by Dutch referee Danny Makkelie within the 104th minute of stoppage time in the end proved the distinction in a 2-1 England victory over Denmark at Wembley Stadium. He judged Raheem Sterling to have been fouled within the field by Denmark’s Joakim Maehle, however there have been a number of points with the play (cued up within the video under).

Did Raheem Sterling dive?

Sterling was essentially the most harmful England participant on the sector, however on this incursion into the penalty space, it regarded like he could have embellished a little bit bit to attract the penalty.

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After the match Sterling was requested whether or not it was a “beneficiant penalty” or a “particular penalty.” Right here’s what he needed to say:

”Yeah, I went into the field and he caught his proper leg out and I … and he touched my leg so it’s a transparent penalty,” Sterling stated.

Little bit of a hesitation halfway, however we’ll go along with it. And he’s proper that there was contact between Maehle’s leg and his personal leg, however most likely to not trigger the tumble within the method that it occurred.

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What the specialists stated in regards to the penalty

A number of authoritative opinions didn’t aspect with the referee on this case, starting with former English Premier League and FIFA referee Mark Clattenburg.

”It’s a kind of penalties the place as a referee do you actually need to settle a match on one of these resolution?” Clattenburg requested on ESPN. “Would I need to give it in such a giant match? I’m undecided. I feel: Would you need to settle this in such an essential recreation? Particularly after we see an earlier penalty on Harry Kane which was presumably extra of a penalty … that was extra of a penalty than the Raheem Sterling one.”

And Clattenburg doesn’t perceive why the referee couldn’t have merely opted to cease play with out calling the penalty after which leaving it to the video assistant referee to verify if the play deserved a re-evaluation from him on the monitor. However as soon as Makkelie referred to as the penalty, solely the absence of contact would have allowed it to be overturned as a transparent and apparent error.

”I can perceive why it’s referred to as, however I’d relatively it’s not given,” Clattenburg continued. “And due to this fact the VAR, particularly when it’s so delicate, the VAR can then advocate he go to the evaluate space, see it for the second time after which make your resolution. As soon as the referee’s given it, there’s going to be completely no method this can be a clear and apparent error as a result of there’s contact.”

Lengthy-time supervisor Jose Mourinho had a transparent opinion on the matter:

”By no means a penalty. The very best staff received. England deserved to win, however for me it’s by no means a penalty,” Mourinho stated. “I feel at this degree, particularly at this degree in a semifinal of the Euro, I don’t perceive actually the referee’s resolution. … In order a soccer man I’m very completely happy that England received, don’t get me improper. And I feel they deserved to win. However as a soccer man I’m upset that penalty was given.”

”No penalty,” stated legendary ex-Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger. “It’s essential that the referee is completely satisfied that it’s a penalty and it wasn’t clear sufficient to say that sure, it’s. At the least he ought to have had a have a look at the display.”

In the long run it’s a choice that will probably be fodder for England’s rivals and critics. One Scottish tabloid jumped on the alternative:

Laser pointed at Denmark goalkeeper

After the match, video and pictures surfaced of a laser pointed at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the course of the penalty try. Schmeichel appeared to be momentarily distracted by it, however he saved the shot, giving up a rebound that was in the end put dwelling by Kane on the second try.

It’s not clear whether or not the penalty might have been retaken if the VAR would have noticed the laser pointer on the replay. However FIFA does have disciplinary protocols in place for groups that don’t take correct steps to forestall these cases.

Two balls on the sector

Then there’s a not-so-minor element that might have doubtlessly prevented your complete penalty sequence from occurring within the first place.

Earlier than Sterling took a tumble within the space, play might have been whistled useless for the presence of a second ball on the sector. The referee appeared to be wanting within the course of the second ball and if he actually noticed it and didn’t whistle play useless, he should have deemed that it was not interfering with play.

The Legal guidelines of the Sport (web page 62) state that, if “an additional ball … enters the sector of play in the course of the match, the referee should cease play (and restart with a dropped ball) provided that it interferes with play.” It goes on to say that the referee ought to “enable play to proceed if it doesn’t intervene with play.”



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