Wednesday 28 September 2016

Goalies treated like delicate little flowers

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton reacts after being adjudged to have crossed over the goal line with the ball, yielding a goal to Fermanagh
Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton reacts after being adjudged to have crossed over the goal line with the ball, yielding a goal to Fermanagh

Sean Quigley's illegal shunting of Stephen Cluxton over the line should not have yielded a Fermanagh goal against Dublin, but it does raise the question of whether the rule should be changed to allow opponents to apply more pressure on goalkeepers.

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As it stands, the rules treat goalkeepers as delicate little flowers, who need special protection all the time.

No one is advocating a return to the days when football and hurling goalkeepers could be driven into the net by brute force, but the balance has gone too far in the other direction.

Most referees award a free out for a even a crooked look at a goalkeeper. It's not necessary, but it's happening all the time (with the exception of last Sunday!).

Still on keepers, many of whom are long-distance free-takers nowadays, when will referees take action on the length of time between the foul and the kick?

It's taking far too long, especially when the goalie's team is leading.

Irish Independent

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