Picto Cotts wrote:Regardless if we want to admit it, or not, the consequenses of awarding a penalty are significantly more critical than awarding a free kick on the half way line. Potentially game changing, could result in a goal being scored and / or a player being sent off. Intent plays little or no part in the decision making process.
Thanks to stringz, I've learnt that the word intent is no longer used to describe a tackle, however careless, reckless and dangerous play should result in a free kick/ penalty. Dangerous play is against the laws of the game and should be punished in the correct way regardless of where the foul is committed.
See it all the time on the television and also in non league football also, referees being inconsistent when awarding a foul after dangerous play inside the box.
Also, seperate question; Why are players required to go down for a penalty to be awarded? A foul is a foul, right?