Saturday October 19 2019
Why De Ligt didn't warrant a penalty

Bologna had penalty appeals in the final minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Juventus, but the IFAB rules show it was not a spot-kick.

The incident occurred in stoppages and there was a ‘silent check’ in the VAR booth, alerting the referee he could continue the game.

Fans were furious, but a look at the 2019-20 IFAB Laws of the Game shows why De Ligt’s intervention did not warrant a spot-kick.

The Juve defender slipped as he went to clear a cross, it bounced off his foot and on to the elbow that was placed behind him.

This is not a penalty for three different reasons:

The following will not usually be a free kick: 

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from their own head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/near 

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which is close to their body and has not made their body unnaturally bigger 

If a player is falling and the ball touches their hand/arm when it is between their body and the ground to support the body (but not extended to make the body bigger) 

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