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  1. Couldn’t agree more. Not sure if the laws need to be changed or just interpreted more intelligently. Often this is in relation to a player being ‘tripped’ or ‘pushed’ - both direct free kick offences. For tripping, IMO no free kick should be awarded if the ‘victim’ either seeks the contact or exaggerates its effect. So running into an opponent then falling to the ground should not get you a free kick. Neither should leaving a foot behind to wait for contact. And suddenly losing use of your legs and throwing yourself to the ground on feeling a touch from an opponent should be equally unrewarded - particularly when you’ve deliberately run in front of him and then slowed down. (This doesn’t mean you can’t get a FK if your opponent genuinely barges into you). Of course these things have most effect on a game where it’s an attacker falling in the penalty area, but I find it pretty annoying anywhere on the pitch. As for the idea that any time the ball hits a hand in the area it should be a penalty, I can thing of no better way of completely spoiling the game.
  2. I’ve got one I won’t be using. If you can PM me we can work out how to get it to you.
  3. Hunt being out of position certainly contributed to the chance. Then a midfielder (I don’t remember whether it was Palmer or Massengo) began tracking back where Hunt would normally be but was nowhere to be seen by the time the ball arrived in the box. And Taylor Moore got drawn into the middle of the penalty area unnecessarily (he and Kalas marking the same man just before the cross came over). Luckily Bentley saved the shot, otherwise there might be a few City players being held responsible for conceding - not that any of the individual errors were howlers.
  4. I’m no PR expert, but I wonder if the reason for ‘trailing’ this announcement is that it will reduce its impact. We know this is going to happen; people have a chance to get used to the idea and (as on this forum) the majority get the chance to express their support for, or apathy about, the announcement and the player. Who it happens to be is then a less significant story. It might also get some other gay footballers thinking about coming out at the same time. It’s understandable that players would be wary about being the first to go public, but they may decide there’s relative safety in numbers. Still a brave thing to do, but less ‘exposing’ than being the first and, for a while at least, only out player.
  5. Could not agree more with this: a big part of the reason football is such a great sport is that goals are (generally) very valuable, so getting one (or preventing one, e.g. by a penalty save) is a big deal that warrants an explosive celebration. One of the worst things as a spectator is getting that moment of celebration then realising the goal’s been disallowed. There will be a lot more times in VAR world when a goal goes in and the fans’ reaction will be not to celebrate but to look at the ref to see if the goal should stand. Not nearly as much fun.
  6. That picture makes it look like the keeper’s left heel might be over the goal line (always hard to be sure if the picture is not in line). Does the rule say you have to have part of a foot actually on the line? If so, even more ridiculous than I thought.
  7. We haven’t, I don’t think. But the French referee in the Women’s World Cup (who is refereeing one of the games today, I believe) has just been appointed as a Ligue 1 referee for next season.
  8. I sat around the same swimming pool as Keith Welch every day for a week in Gran Canaria in 1999, but didn’t bother him. To be fair, it was during the time when I didn’t watch many City games as parenting and playing football took priority over getting to AG, so I wouldn’t have been able to talk knowledgeably about the season just past. Danny Coles was my next door neighbour for a few months in 2004/5 and we would occasionally have a chat. My daughter still hasn’t forgiven me for not taking him up on his offer to “pop round” to his New Year’s Day party after we’d watched City on 1/1/2005. She had to settle for peering out of her bedroom window watching the various City players arrive. As an aside, the day DC moved in I’d gone back to bed after getting back from a memorable Christmas party. When I got up and looked out of the window I saw someone who looked like Clayton Fortune shifting furniture out of a removal van. I decided I’d clearly not yet sobered up and went back to bed! The following day my daughter very excitedly told me she’d seen DC in the next door garden and I realised CF must have been helping his mate move, so I hadn’t had a Clayton Fortune inspired hallucination, which was a relief. Was tempted to wish Lloyd Kelly good luck at Bournemouth when I passed him outside Pizza Express on the Harbourside last Thursday, but he seemed to be quite deep into a serious conversation so good manners manners prevailed.
  9. Yes. Don’t bet on whatever I choose: I think the last winner I backed was Little Polveir in 1989! Although to be fair in recent years I’ve only bet if I’m actually going to watch the race, so I haven’t backed a loser every year. I know nothing about horse racing and apart from the National only bet on the couple of occasions a year I go to a race meeting. FWIW my money’s going on Ramses de Teillee, the logic being that it’s a grey, so it will be easy to pick out for as long as it stays on its feet!
  10. Anyone know if the Grand National will be shown in the Sports Bar or concourses after the game today? If it isn’t, any suggestions on a good place, within range, that I could head to?
  11. The four of us sitting in Dolman Block 30 also thought the keeper had saved it, although I did see the ball again just before it went over the line. I think it must have been rolling out of sight behind the keeper from our angle, so our brains were convinced the ball had actually stopped.
  12. According to the FA website setting out the laws, the test is not whether the ball travels backwards (that isn't mentioned) but whether, at the moment it is played, any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent So unless there's another defender out of shot (and having watched the game live and the replay on TV I don't think there was) I think he's offside.
  13. Thanks Dave. I will (genuinely) bear that in mind.
  14. You're right, of course. And the red button coverage is very basic. But there is a price to pay for the much better experience of being at the game (unless you live within walking distance of the ground). For me that either meant taking the bus - leaving the house around 6.00, I imagine, and getting home well after 11.00, or driving down early enough to get a parking space within a reasonable distance of the ground and then having a couple of hours to kill before going to the game. As I didn't particularly want to have a meal and wasn't fussed about having any beer, I decided that I'd rather stay at home than do either of these. I won't always do that, but I've never really liked going to games on a Friday. My travel issues are insignificant compared to many City fans, but I expect there will be other times when I decide to accept a second best viewing experience in order to avoid the hassle of getting to and from the game. If the red button option hadn't been available, I would have been at the game. I can't imagine this on its own will stop me getting a ST in future, as I go with a group, and it would be difficult or impossible for us to get organised enough to sit together for odd games. But it wouldn't surprise me if a few ST holders didn't renew on account of the red button option. What a bonus it is to be able to watch so many away games, though!
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