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Controversial penalty at the World Cup in France - sports

The change of the football rule 14 should help goalkeepers in the penalty spot. At the World Cup in France shows how fatal the modification is.

Comment by Ulrich Hartmann

The change of the football rule 14 was supposed to help goalkeepers with the penalty. If a keeper only has to touch the goal line with one foot in the penalty instead of two, as he would be better able to take a step forward in anticipation of the shot, wrote the World Association in the rule statement generously. So far the theory.

At the women's World Cup shows for the goalkeepers just the fatal extent of the rule modification. If hardly any referee or video assistant had paid close attention to the contact between the goalkeeper's feet and the goal line, everyone now looks carefully. Already in three cases, the World Cup had been penalized via a freeze-frame, telling the goalkeeper to jump a fraction of a second too early.

The hardness is absurd

Jamaica's goalkeeper Schneider was the first to experience evil. Then Nigerian Nnadozie, who conceded the decisive 1-0 against France in the repeat of the penalty, after Wendie Renard had fired in the first attempt. And now the worst case: The Scottish Lee Alexander parried in injury time the first penalty from the Argentine Bonsegundo. But because the German video referee Dankert intervened, was also repeated here: goal, 3: 3 - thus Scotland was eliminated from the tournament, after 3-0 lead.

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Former German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer posted a cartoon on the Internet, with a goalkeeper nailed to the goal line. The injustice of the new Rule 14 can not be much more cynical and concise.

The harshness with which such centimeter and hundredths offenses are punished is absurd, considering how penalty takers may delay their attempt to provoke goalkeepers. The goalkeeper stands with maximum strained body on the line - and must remain until the last split second. That's almost impossible.

The new rule also allows referees and assistants to void penalties and maltreat the poor goalkeepers with yellow cards. Two delayed penalties in a game are strictly speaking a relegation, not to mention the chaos that could break out in a penalty shootout. From this point of view, the Women's World Cup may still face lively debates.

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