Sunday, 22 August 2010
Time for a rule change at corners evidenced by Blackburn v Birmingham and Stoke v Spurs
Watching MOTD last night, I think we need to see a rule change for corners. The PUgiLISt and Allardyce merchants are turning the game into a variant of rugby by deliberately crowding the keeper and turning the six yard box into a scrum. I think the disallowed Stoke goal against Spurs should have stood but only under the current rules, which allow Blackburn and Stoke to bring the game down to the level of a thugs' lottery.
The rule change is simple. No player other than the keeper should be allowed in the six yard box for any set piece - including long throws! To prevent a cavalry charge into the "keeper's zone" following the launching of the ball into the area, the rule should state that if any player plays the ball inside the six yard box (other than the keeper) prior to contact outside the protected area, then it should result in a free kick to the opposing side.
Suddenly hand balls on the line, as in the Uruguay v Ghana game, would become a thing of the past, as would the "scrambled goal" such as the Stoke disallowed effort yesterday. Attacking sides would actually gain as much as defending teams, because of the removal of defenders stationed on the line. The option to bend it in direct from a corner would still be there, but the keeper would not he hampered as he attempted to take the ball.
Football is meant to be a game of skill, not of brute force and thuggery. I am sick to death of seeing players utilised to block the keeper and think the game would be hugely improved by this simple change.
Posted by Hammersfan at 14:46