HARRY KANE DEBATE – PENALTY KICK OR OFFSIDE
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V ARSENAL (2 March 2019)
The attention this weekend has centred on the Penalty kick awarded to Spurs for a push on Harry Kane.
Many wanted to understand why the Assistant referee did not flag for offside.
Lets take a look at LAW 11 Offside
A player in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched* by a team-mate is only penalised on becoming involved in active play by:
· interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a team-mate or
· interfering with an opponent by:
o preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or
o challenging an opponent for the ball or
· *The first point of contact of the ‘play’ or ‘touch’ of the ball should be used
o clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent or
o making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball
· gaining an advantage by playing the ball or interfering with an opponent when it has:
o rebounded or been deflected off the goalpost, crossbar, match official or an opponent
o been deliberately saved by any opponent
A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save by any opponent) is not considered to have gained an advantage.
A ‘save’ is when a player stops, or attempts to stop, a ball which is going into or very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms (unless the goalkeeper within the penalty area).
In situations where:
· a player moving from, or standing in, an offside position is in the way of an opponent and interferes with the movement of the opponent towards the ball this is an offside offence if it impacts on the ability of the opponent to play or challenge for the ball; if the player moves into the way of an opponent and impedes the opponent’s progress (e.g. blocks the opponent) the offence should be penalised under Law 12.
· a player in an offside position is moving towards the ball with the intention of playing the ball and is fouled before playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the foul is penalised as it has occurred before the offside offence
· an offence is committed against a player in an offside position who is already playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the offside offence is penalised as it has occurred before the foul challenge
Referee Anthony Taylor spots foul before offside offence, but is he correct to award a penalty kick? In this case study you’ll learn what to do.
Because it’s good to think first, try to ask the following question first. What do the Laws of the Game say about fouls and offside situations?
Offside position or not
The first question: is Kane in offside position?
A player is in an offside position if:
§ any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and
§ any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent
Because arms and hands of players are not considered, we should look at Kane’s head. If you look at that on the image, you can see Kane is in offside position.
But that is not all. Always keep in mind: “It is not an offence to be in an offside position.”
The moment of the foul
At the moment the ball is still high in the air, Kane is amending is position to head it towards the goal. But it’s Mustafi who bumps into Kane’s back and this push fouls Kane. The Tottenham striker is unable to play the ball.
The Laws of the Game explain three rare scenario’s for players standing in offside positions:
§ when a defender fouls an attacker when already playing the ball
§ players are standing in he way of a defender
§ when a defender fouls an attacker before playing the ball
The latter is important here. The Laws of the Game say: “a player in an offside position is moving towards the ball with the intention of playing the ball and is fouled before playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the foul is penalised as it has occurred before the offside offence.”
Yes, Kane is moving towards the ball, but there is no attempt to play the ball. He is also not challenging the defender in front of him. It’s the defender (Mustafi, 20) behind him who fouls him. So the foul is penalised. Correct penalty kick decision.
Video Here courtesy of The Mirror
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