Between the Sticks #119

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Two incidents of a goalkeeper losing possession of the ball and goals being scored. One given. One not.

One twelfth of a second. That’s all it takes. In fact, that’s all it needs.

When Kasper Schmeichel landed his left palm on a ball Jacob Ramsey then subsequently smashed into the net, he knew, probably more than anyone on the pitch – and arguably those watching – the goal would be disallowed.

And it was. Quite rightly so. A quick check of Law 12 (although upon reading it you’d suggest more of a check) supports that.

However, in the game involving Newcastle and Burnley, no such check seemed to be made when Federico Fernandez appeared to impede Nick Pope, thus forcing the Clarets stopper to concede possession.

Both incidents are discussed in this week’s podcast, as are questionable comments made by Ralph Hasenhuttl and Chris Wilder on their respective goalkeepers at Southampton and Middlesbrough respectively.

Commentary Corner comes in the form of Glenn Hoddle’s odd assessment of Lukasz Fabianski’s decent performance in West Ham’s win over Chelsea, and a nod is given to Birmingham stopper, Neil Etheridge. The towering Filipino made his first league start since April following a scare with COVID.

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