Wednesday 21 August 2019

Video footage confirms Chelsea should have been allowed to re-take crucial penalty in Super Cup shoot-out

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian was the hero of the hour as his penalty save secured UEFA Super Cup glory for his new club in Istanbul on Wednesday night, yet video evidence has emerged that confirms he had left his goal line before the decisive spot kick.

Adrian's rapid rise to hero status at Liverpool was confirmed a couple of weeks after his joined the club as he saved Tammy Abraham's penalty to secure another trophy for the Reds. TV replays confirmed that both of his feet were off the line before the ball had been struck by the Chelsea striker.

Under the new law of the game that states a goalkeeper needs to have at least one foot behind the line when the ball is kicked, Abraham's penalty should have been retaken and yet VAR and the match officials did not get involved as Adrian toasted the greatest moment of his career so far.

UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Roberto Rosetti suggested prior to the game in Istanbul that goalkeepers will only be penalised by VAR for leaving their line if it's a blatant and clear violation, with this crucial incident missed by the match officials.

Scotland's goalkeeper Lee Alexander was penalised for stepping off her line before saving a spot-kick during the women's World Cup earlier this summer but this similar incident appears to have been overlooked to hand Liverpool victory.

The use of VAR was also called into question as referee Stephanie Frappart awarded a contentious penalty when Abraham fell under a challenge from Adrian during extra-time, with VAR failing to overturn the decision as the angles of video footage available to officials were inconclusive.

Additional angles of the incident were then highlighted by BT Sport 15 minutes later, which appeared to show minimal contact between the pair.

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