Andre Marriner made a huge call and got Manchester United penalty decision spot on… there’s no issues with Paul Pogba’s stuttered run up
- Andre Marriner had a huge call to make early on and got the decision spot on
- Daniel Amartey got it wrong and clearly handled the ball to try and control it
- As for Paul Pogba’s stuttered penalty run up, there is no issues with that at all
Seventy five seconds in to a new Premier League season and Andre Marriner had a huge call to make – and he got it spot on.
It was a pressure decision but the reason he paused before awarding the penalty was not because of that, it was more to do with surprise.
He would have thought, ‘Has he really just done that?’. You don’t expect a player to handle like that in his own penalty area, especially when there was no real need for it.
Andre Marriner had a huge call to make 75 seconds in and got it spot on by awarding a penalty
Marriner paused because he was surprised Daniel Amartey to handle the ball as he did
Daniel Amartey got it wrong and clearly used his upper arm – below the shoulder – in an attempt to control the ball.
The ball had travelled from a distance as well, it wasn’t one of those where he it comes at the defender from point-blank range.
It is, though, still a difficult decision for the referee to make because he has to be certain it is a deliberate act, which it was.
As for Paul Pogba’s stuttered run-up to take the penalty, we have no issue with that.
Any player can stop as many times as he wants during the run-up itself. It is only when he addresses the ball and his standing foot is planted that he cannot stop.
As for Paul Pogba’s stuttered run-up before he scored the penalty, we have no issue with that