FIFA Laws: Baroka Penalty Should Have Been Retaken
Baroka Should Have Been Given A Chance To Retake Their Penalty
Baroka were unlucky not to have received a chance to retake their penalty kick against Golden Arrows at the weekend.
During their 3-2 loss against Abafana Bes’thende on Saturday, Bakgaga were awarded a spot-kick towards the end of the game when goalkeeper, Nkosingiphile Gumede, was adjudged to have committed a foul.
Richard Matloga scored the penalty for the Limpopo outfit but referee, Victor Gomes, ruled out the goal after a Baroka player had entered the box before the ball crossed the line.
However, according to the FIFA Laws of the Game, a retake should have been ordered, instead of disallowing the goal and continuing with play like the referee did on Saturday.
About the infringements when a penalty is being taken, FIFA Law 14 states:
If the referee gives the signal for a penalty kick to be taken and, before the ball is in play, one of the following situation occurs:
A player of both the defending team and the attacking team infringe the Laws of the Game:
•The kick is retaken.
A SAFA match referee, who spoke to the Siya crew on condition of anonymity, feels that the decision to award a penalty in the first place was incorrect.
“The goalkeeper looked like he was taking evasive action. He was already in the air and realised he was on course for collision. The contact was the (unintended) consequence of challenging for the ball and taking evasive action. I would have loved the referee to have been closer. Maybe the angle of the view placed the point of contact with the knee of the goalkeeper instead of the thigh. I think the encroachment was minimal at the moment the ball was kicked. The referee’s position to control or view the encroachment could have been more towards the horizontal penalty area line,” said the official.
With the penalty already given, the official says a retake should have been ordered after a Baroka player had entered the box before the ball crossed the line.
With their loss, Baroka are at the bottom of the Absa Premiership log with two games remaining for them for the 2016/17 season.