Rangers fans are raging over Goldson penalty

Rangers fans are raging over Goldson penalty
Union's Dante Vanzeir scores from penalty during a match between Belgian soccer team Royale Union Saint-Gilloise and Scottish Rangers FC, Tuesday 02 August 2022 in Heverlee, the first leg in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League competition. BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ (Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Now we’ve spoken a lot about players and the manager for last night’s debacle, but we admittedly have overlooked one huge and potentially game-changing moment outwith of football itself.

The handball penalty.

Now, no one is debating it was a handball, Connor Goldson clearly came into contact with it with his hand, but was it a penalty.

Some outlets are quoting IFAB (International Football Association Board) and their laws regarding handball:

“Exceptions, e.g the player’s arm is already extended when there is no expectation of the ball coming at, or near, the player from a team-mate.”

By this they’re jumping at the wording and saying the penalty was wrong.

However, the wording for the rule itself contradicts this:

“A player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation. By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised.”

The key bit here is ‘takes a risk’.

This is why this was given. Goldson took the risk of extending his arm, and the ref decided his body was unnaturally bigger.

The ‘exceptions’ is usually a judgement call, and the ref had to decide if there was expectation or not.

And Goldson stretched his arm out when a shot was coming his way, even though it ricocheted off Davies first.

This is why some would give it and maybe some wouldn’t.

It’s a hint of subjective, but the reality is VAR is there for a reason – they’re looking at the same evidence you and I are, and they make the call from it.

We didn’t complain last season when one or two curious VAR calls were made in our favour, in fact we laughed about it and took it happily.

It’s the rub of the green.

Was it a penalty? Doesn’t matter – it was given by VAR and that’s really the end of it.

Up to Rangers now to make it irrelevant.

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  1. I think its time to draw a line over that game and move on,
    Killie on sat 3 points a must
    I want see the real Rangers turn up,if we lose this match Gio will be under a lot of pressure,going into the return leg cl game

  2. These pricks are inept ,in what other line of business would it be accepted that one idiotic decision could cost it 40 million ,ok they deserved to win ,but it would have been 1 nil and lot better chance .
    Aparentley VAR and digressing for 2 mins still doesnt help him understand the rules of game .

  3. It was never a penalty. Surely the position of Goldson’s arm is only relevant if the ball is travelling in his direction which it wasn’t until it was deflected from about 2 feet away. He had absolutely no chance to react and to be booked for it into the bargain was just stupid. The whole point of VAR was to step in when a clear and obvious error has been made. But if after 2 minutes studying various angles they still can’t decide then surely they must go with the original onfield decision.

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