England in all probability deserved its semifinal win on the stability of play, however the best way the English superior isn’t sitting nicely with some followers.
A penalty kick known 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 beneath).
Did Raheem Sterling dive?
Sterling was probably the most harmful England participant on the sector, however on this incursion into the penalty space, it regarded like he could have embellished a bit bit to attract the penalty.
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After the match Sterling was requested whether or not it was a “generous penalty” or a “definite 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 in all probability to not trigger the tumble within the method that it occurred.
What the consultants stated in regards to the penalty
A number of authoritative opinions didn’t facet 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 wish to settle a match on this sort of resolution?” Clattenburg requested on ESPN. “Would I want to give it in such a big match? I’m not sure. I think: Would you want to settle this in such an important game? Especially when we see an earlier penalty on Harry Kane which was possibly more of a penalty … that was more 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 examine if the play deserved a re-assessment from him on the monitor. However as soon as Makkelie known 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 known as, however I’d quite it’s not given,” Clattenburg continued. “And therefore the VAR, especially when it’s so soft, the VAR can then recommend he go to the review area, see it for the second time and then make your decision. Once the referee’s given it, there’s going to be absolutely no way this is a clear and obvious error because there is contact.”
Lengthy-time supervisor Jose Mourinho had a transparent opinion on the matter:
”By no means a penalty. The perfect group gained. 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 gained, don’t get me fallacious. And I feel they deserved to win. However as a soccer man I’m disillusioned that penalty was given.”
“It was NEVER a penalty!” ❌
“Especially at this level, the semi-final of a Euro. I don’t understand the decision.”
José Mourinho says England ought to NOT have been given their penalty v Denmark. pic.twitter.com/MKiEYk6K12
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 7, 2021
”No penalty,” stated legendary ex-Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger. “It’s important that the referee is absolutely convinced that it’s a penalty and it wasn’t clear enough to say that yes, it is. At least he should have had a look at the screen.”
In the end it’s a decision that will be fodder for England’s rivals and critics. One Scottish tabloid jumped at the opportunity:
Laser pointed at Denmark goalkeeper
After the match, video and images surfaced of a laser pointed at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during the penalty attempt. Schmeichel seemed to be momentarily distracted by it, but he saved the shot, giving up a rebound that was ultimately put home by Kane on the second attempt.
It’s not clear whether the penalty could have been retaken if the VAR would have spotted the laser pointer on the replay. But FIFA does have disciplinary protocols in place for teams that don’t take proper steps to prevent these instances.
Two balls on the field
Then there’s a not-so-minor detail that could have potentially prevented the entire penalty sequence from occurring in the first place.
Before Sterling took a tumble in the area, play could have been whistled dead for the presence of a second ball on the field. The referee seemed to be looking in the direction of the second ball and if he in fact saw it and didn’t whistle play dead, he must have deemed that it was not interfering with play.
The Laws of the Game (page 62) state that, if “an extra ball … enters the field of play during the match, the referee must stop play (and restart with a dropped ball) only if it interferes with play.” It goes on to say that the referee ought to “allow play to continue if it does not interfere with play.”
How come no person talked about there have been two balls on the pitch when Sterling dived for the #England penalty? Sport is ALWAYS stopped when there are two balls on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/4SwXfnhXsi
– Chuckles Le Vert (@ChucklesLeVert) July 7, 2021