Sunday, 12 February 2017

Howard Webb defends Clattenburg’s decision to allow Alexis ‘handball’ goal

Howard Webb, Former Premier League referee has defended Mark Clattenburg’s decision to allow Alexis Sanchez’s goal against Hull City stand.

Alexis scored twice in Arsenal’s win at the Emirates, but the first has a cloud of controversy hanging over it, as the ball appeared to come off his right hand.
Webb said on BT Sport It certainly came off Alexis Sanchez’s arm, And to be fair to Mark Clattenburg he’s gone over to the assistant to talk to him. 

I can only conclude that they came to the conclusion that it wasn’t deliberate.
And when we see it back, I don’t think anybody in the world who sees that sequence of play can say that Sanchez meant to handle that.

If I was a Hull fan, a Hull player, the Hull coach I’d feel bitterly disappointed that I’ve had this really bad stroke of luck gone against me.

But Sanchez does nothing other than try and play the ball with his left leg. As his left leg goes up, naturally his right arm goes up for balance. 
It pings around in there, comes off the keeper and hits his arm and goes in the goal.Certainly not intentional. The law requires the handball to be an intentional act and it wasn’t. So as the law is written, it was a correct decision by Clattenburg.

Clattenburg apologize for not disallowing the goal to the hull team, while Arsene wenger also apologized


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