Eurosport blogger Arsene Wenger has called on UEFA to review the laws
concerning penalty kicks given for handball.
returned from a post-World Cup break from blogging, the Arsenal manager will again be
posting for us every Friday on all the latest and most pertinent issues in the
kicks things off by taking umbrage with UEFA's standpoint on the
"unfair" awarding of spot kicks for
non-deliberate handball - something Wenger says must be changed by European
football's governing body.
Law of the Game: 'A penalty kick is awarded if a player (except for the goalkeeper) handles the ball deliberately inside his own penalty area.'
today's game, too many penalty kicks are awarded for the wrong reasons,
especially those given when the ball hits the arm of a player inside the
if a player unintentionally deflects the trajectory of the ball when he is
trying to protect his goal, it's a penalty.
almost wonder if this rule is not an opportunity for us to train our players to
target the arm of their opponents when they kick the ball.
difficult to score a goal. You have to build up forward move, make at least 10
good passes but even then there are no guarantees.
if you are lucky enough to hit the arm of your opponent in the area, it's a
penalty. And we can assume that it's easier to score a goal from the spot than
from open play.
not fair if you have deflected the ball unintentionally.
should change this for the next round of Champions League matches."
Club, Monday 6:45pm on British Eurosport.