WarSlamEagle Gonzaga Fan Manchester United Fan Member since Sep 2011 19174 posts
re: MLS PLAYOFFS: Conf Finals 2nd Legs | HOU v DCU 3 PM NBCSN | SEA v LAG 8 PM ESPNPosted by WarSlamEagle on 11/18/12 at 9:53 pm to thenry712
From the Laws of the Game (also applies to penalties)
A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following three offences: • holds an opponent • spits at an opponent • handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
So much of it is up to the referee, and that's what sucks about the rule. How can you determine intent?
thenry712 Gonzaga Fan Zasullia, Ukraine Member since Nov 2008 15484 posts
re: MLS PLAYOFFS: Conf Finals 2nd Legs | HOU v DCU 3 PM NBCSN | SEA v LAG 8 PM ESPNPosted by thenry712 on 11/18/12 at 9:57 pm to WarSlamEagle
It's like when people complain about "soft" fouls that result in penalties. If a discretion is normally called a foul outside the box, it's a foul inside the box. Only an English precedence has determined that referees should allow everything up to murder inside the box before calling a penalty.
This normally happens in Champions League discussions involving Barcelona.