two balls on the pitch and a generous penalty

England-Denmark are in extra time. The result is still on the draw: 1-1 after a goal from a free-kick by Damsgaard and an own goal by Kjaer. The game is in the hottest phase: the Southgate team has raised the center of gravity of the game and presses in search of doubling. He arrives at 103 ° on a penalty kick but the development of the action and the granting of the penalty lead to discussion, fuel controversy over what happened in support of the more classic question: what (not) did the Var see? In reality, the very dubious foul committed by Maehle on Sterling is not the only decision that turns out to be sensational. A reversed party had been the British to complain about a maximum punishment not granted for irregular intervention on Kane.

Two balls in the field but the referee lets the action continue

The second semifinal of the Europeans is decided in that moment. It all happens in a fraction of seconds marked by a couple of anomalies and by the protests of Denmark for the snatching suffered. The first thing wrong: there are two balls on the pitch, one of which lies near the end line. He is very close to Sterling who almost touches him as he is about to enter the Denmark penalty area.

Is it legal to allow an action to continue under these conditions? The suspension of the game is not automatic. The referee trio must have assessed that the presence of the second ball would not have influenced the development of the action: essentially that interference did not constitute an impediment for the “defending” player nor was it caused by the attacking team. Otherwise, he should have stopped the game.

The very generous penalty awarded to Sterling

The second objection: how is it possible that that penalty was granted? From the images you can see how the England footballer, now closed, accentuates the fall by looking for contact with the opponent. The referee concedes the penalty and after a check by the Var his decision is confirmed. A maximum punishment that will prove decisive for the victory and qualification of England that next Sunday, 11 July, will face Italy again at Wembley for the title.


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