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:
By this they’re jumping at the wording and saying the penalty was wrong.
However, the wording for the rule itself contradicts this:
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.