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I don't get the goalie-line thing at all. Like, I'm sure it's been the law forever but I just heard people saying this season they're going to actually start taking it seriously or something? And then they don't. Just throw it on the "whatever the fuck" pile along with handball intepretations and the like.

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The law has changed. Rather than the ref having discretion to decide if the keeper has gained a big advantage by coming off his line early, it's now a VARable test to see if one foot is still touching the line as "the ball is played" (which of course is as shonky as the offside one). 

It's a horrible rule for me which didn't need to be added, attackers have enough advantage in a penalty situation without keepers having to worry about false starts more than actually saving the thing. Especially when you think about stuttery runups and the like.

They've gone from not wanting to rereferee the game 5 years ago to now taking almost all judgement and interpretation away from match officials, even down to that "stop play if the ball hits you". Any ref making a jump from lower leagues to top flight/internationals is now basically learning a completely different game.

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Yeh but

 

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The Charity Shield of Europe. 

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1 minute ago, MDK said:

The Charity Shield of Europe. 

The most meaningful of trophies....its an actual trophy unlike that tin pot dinner plate <_<

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It would certainly take some serious guts to call for a VAR review/re-take of the saved 5th penalty when everyone has already started running all over the pitch in celebration.

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The officiating was really good last night, a foot off the line / a possible non penalty. I think we need to respect the fact on the whole the players weren't anuses and the refereeing was all round good.

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