I have to agree with Graham Poll, Suarez has got form when it comes to cheating. but I have to say the arm movement to the ball in Sunday’s controversial FA cup win by Liverpool over Mansfield appeared to be instinctive like a twitch which meant in the opinion of the Officials he cannot be penalized as a handball has to be deliberate. As per FIFA’s Laws of the game.
Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm”
However the act itself has lead to widespread calls for players to start owning up when it comes to situations like this but as Poll says:
Referees give what they see and stick with those decisions”
And in similar incidents such as when Liverpool’s Fowler was brought down against Arsenal many moons ago there was up roar when when referee Gerald Ashby said no to changing his mind and stuck with the initial penalty decision.
In other countries though such as Germany, the player was given a chance to own up to the incident and if he chose not to he would be suspended for 1 match following retrospective action. This would not mean any changes to the laws of the game just the disciplinary action procedure against players.
I for one feel this would be beneficial to football but I would like to see a change in the interpretation part of the laws of the game so that it says something like, ‘if the ball strikes the hand through any other means than a ricochet or deflection off the foot and the player has done everything possible to get out of the way then allow the goal, otherwise strike it off.’
Another key example was last season when Miroslav Klose playing for Lazio, admitted he had handled the ball and asked for the goal to be disallowed and it was allowed. This sort of sportsmanship would be nice to see and would hopefully be a beginning to cleaning up English football which has been in a moral decline for a long time now.
Even Poll suggests the same by saying:
Why not allow the offender the option to confess and improve everyone’s opinion of modern day professional footballers?”
This is a statement I fully agree with and would hope this is implemented soon however I feel it’s unlikely to happen as many people say, ‘just let the ref’s make their decisions then complain when they get them wrong.’
Overall a change in the retrospective action taken against a player could help clean up English football and reverse the moral decline. A decline that has developed a hatred for players, especially those ones earning millions.
Liverpool have already wasted too much time discussing the pros and cons of Luis Suarez. It’s time the rules made life simpler for everyone.