Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Backpass Has To Be Deliberate Kick To Keeper

The following incident occurred during the Euro 2012 semifinal match between Portugal and Spain on Wednesday 27 June 2012. The match finished 0—0, with Spain progressing following a 4—2 penalty shootout. There were 9 YCs.

In 110', Spain's Jesus Navas gets into the box and his cross-shot from the right is blocked by Goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The ball bounces off Pepe's foot and into the keeper's arms. Here are the freeze frames:

Yes, naturally Spain players will complain and ask the Referee to take action but Referee Cüneyt Çakır clearly communicated his decision.

Iniesta wants an IFK … anything to give his team an edge

Remember, for the Referee to take action on a backpass, a player must deliberately kick the ball to his goalkeeper. Pepe's actions do not satisfy this requirement:

Related Post: See Passing on the Backpass Rule

The match officials were:
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth official: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Additional assistant referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

Note: Penalty Kicks from the Mark 
EAR1 and AR1 both assume the SSS position.

No CCC for this EAR1 (compare with the position adopted by EAR1 in the England and Italy penalty shootout).

Although Referee Cakir is not positioned according to the recommended Guidelines, it is still a very good position considering the fact that he now has two match officials (EAR1 and AR1) on the goal line. Referee Cakir's position allows him to simultaneously see both the penalty-taker and the goalkeeper, particularly when it is now important that the penalty-taker cannot feint once the run-up to the ball is completed. Cakir has used his common sense (compare this with the AR2 during the penalty shootout in the England and Italy match (see EARs Up Down Up Down).
Perhaps the recommended Guidelines for the Referee's position during penalty kicks from the mark should be amended?

Related Post: See Lionel Messi penalty mess-up here

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