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  • Exactly this. I’ve found the whole narrative around this bizarre. He’s looking straight at a slow moving ball and punches it. It’s a stonewall penalty in 1990, let alone in 2021. As I’ve said elsewhere, it’s not really any different to Pogba’s...
  • And the Arsenal one would have been 0-0 as well but for a Pogba moment of madness. I don’t see it necessarily as playing not to get beat. The key difference from last year is we aren’t taking our chances and the opposition are also being far...
  • He’s far better technically than James and is a skilful dribbler. That said, after looking relatively promising early last year, he seems to have returned to having no end product (though probably not helped by Wolves’ negative approach and lack...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    The problem with yesterday’s decision is that the handball is one which, if spotted, would have been a handball in 2000, 2010 and 2020. It isn’t a grey area handball as seems to be being suggested. I’d be very interested if anyone can find a...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    Yes good discussion. I think everyone can agree that handball is a mess and needs clarity. I just thought this was a fairly simple one - it’s like the Pogba one I flagged earlier or the Smalling one versus Torino last year. There’s no way they...
  • Ole essentially confirmed what Shaw had reported Maguire as saying was accurate in his own interview. Sounds likely we have just decided to back away from the accusation, to avoid any punishment.
  • It’s clear it is CHO who handled it first, rather than Greenwood. People are focussing on it because it is a very obvious handball bizarrely not given, despite the referee having the benefit of VAR telling him to review.
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    Of course I am asking you to chase a dragon that doesn’t exist. We just disagree on the reason why that is! :-) It will be interesting to see how handball decisions go for the rest of the season. The one today involved a player punching the...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    Please find any handball decision where the explanation given has ever relied upon whether an advantage is being obtained and come back to me. Even better, find someone other than you who is arguing that the reason it wasn’t a penalty today was...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    It’s the argument your own manager seems to have gone with and, in the absence of any other plausible explanation, seems the most likely reason for the error. Tuchel hasn’t gone down the route of trying to argue that whether an advantage was...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    It’s nothing to do with VAR. You just don’t understand the handball law. You appear to be genuinely saying that if a player punches the ball straight to an opponent then it’s not a handball because they haven’t gained an advantage. It’s a...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    Of course, you made up some non-existent idea that referees only give handball if a player gets an advantage. They don’t and never have. It’s a complete nonsense. Handball is, in my view, found too frequently nowadays but today’s was a clear...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    There has never been any part of the handball rule which requires an advantage to be gained as a result of the handball nor has that ever been an “unwritten” requirement. It’s a nonsense argument which you are presumably making because it’s a...
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    That isn’t the rule, never has been the rule and never will be the rule so, effectively, you agree it should have been a penalty.
  • Doracle replied to the thread Refs & VAR 2020/2021 Discussion.
    I don’t know but given all the pundits I heard agreed the Rashford one was a penalty, I’m not sure what your point is? It was less an obvious penalty than today but would still have been a bad decision if not given. Today is one of the most...