August 15, 2013

Match Situations - Handball 2

This post is a part of the section in this blog called "Match Situations" that concentrates on specific match situations related to parts of the Laws of the Game, version 2013/14. Your participation is crucial to make this blog's element give some value for referees and football enthusiasts in general.

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Penalty (deliberate handball) or No Penalty (no deliberate handball)?

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Match concerned: FC Schalke 04 3:3 Hamburger SV (Bundesliga)
Referee involved: Manuel Gräfe (GER)

The video placed here is only posted for educational reasons.


  1. Anonymous15/8/13 22:42

    No Penalty,no deliberate handball!

  2. Emil Archambault15/8/13 23:07

    It seems to me as a continuation of the running motion. The arm is in a fairly natural position, and the ball is fired from a short distance. Play on!

  3. I don't think it's natural move of hand. For me, the player deliberately increase a body volume by excessive 'waving'. He must be also aware of a potential cross that is easy to predict. As a result of this careless behaviour, player blocks a dangerous cross that probably would reach well positioned forward. Penalty, card is not necessary.

  4. Anonymous16/8/13 14:29

    Player increase a body volume.Penalty :)

  5. I would say a penalty kick. It seems the arm was looking for the ball, so it was deliberate play. One could say it was close distance, but I would like to add the shot/cross was not that strong, therefore the defender could have avoided handling the ball.

  6. No doubt about that. Penalty without card.

  7. Anonymous17/8/13 11:18

    the arm is in unnatural position, and the player is clearly increasing it's body volume. I would call a penalty without a card.


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