- Sep 30, 2009
You've misunderstood. I'm arguing that I've never seen careless routinely interpreted as you're arguing it should be here. About the best I can think of is when players go through the back or side of a player first to get the ball. Lindelof did not do that. I'd love to see some examples of you think the law is routinely applied as you've suggested.There’s nothing in the rules about contact. The rules cover careless tackles. If it was just reckless or excessive force there wouldn’t be thirty plus fouls a game. Whether it is careless is down to interpretation, as many of the rules in the game are. That’s why it can be considered not a clear and obvious error. Doesn’t mean it definitely isn’t a foul just because he got a slight touch on the ball. The most important thing isn’t exactly how the rules are worded but how they are routinely applied. Routinely that is given as a foul more of than not in my opinion.
I don’t like having to make this argument because the current attention every decision United are getting is pissing me off. But I still think a penalty would’ve been a fair enough call.
I have seen fouls routinely given for reckless tackles or tackles using excessive force which win the ball first, but this certainly isn't one of them.