Paul Merson slams ‘terrible rule’ after Aston Villa has controversial VAR ruled out goal
Paul Merson denounces ‘terrible rule’ but praises Kasper Schmeichel for his ‘smart goalkeeper’ as Aston Villa have controversial goal ruled out by VAR for foul on Leicester City captain
- Jacob Ramsey scored to put Aston Villa 2-1 late in the first half against Leicester
- Referee Michael Oliver ruled out the goal after consulting the VAR
- Ramsey was on trial for fouling Kasper Schmeichel as he kicked the ball
- Law 12 states that goalkeepers control the ball if they have at least one hand on it while holding it against the ground.
Paul Merson suggested Kasper Schmeichel exploit the rules in his favor after Aston Villa had a controversial goal against Leicester City.
Jacob Ramsey appeared to have given the home side the lead at Villa Park in the dying moments of the first half as he jumped on a loose ball that Schmeichel had put in his way, before shooting home.
Referee Michael Oliver initially allowed the goal to stay, before reversing after consulting the VAR.
Kasper Schmeichel attempted to regain control of the ball after placing it in Jacob Ramsey’s path
Replays showed that the Danish keeper’s outstretched right hand was just above the ball as Ramsey hit it, but it was unclear whether Schmeichel was in control of the ball.
According to Law 12 of the Laws of the Game as regulated by the International Football Association Board, “a goalkeeper controls the ball whether the ball is in the hands or in the hand and any surface” such as the ground or his own body. .
A goalkeeper is also considered to have control of the ball “by touching it with any part of the hands or arms, unless the ball bounces off the goalkeeper or the goalkeeper has made a save”
But the Villa midfielder shot at home and believed he put his team 2-1 at Villa Park
Speaking on Sky Sports at halftime, Merson hinted that Schmeichel tried to reach out over the ball to foul.
“I think the rule is terrible,” he said.
“I think Schmeichel knows the rules there. I think he’s bending down to get his hands on it. He’s not trying to pull it off.
Referee Michael Oliver initially allowed the goal to stay before ruling it out after a VAR check
His move sparked furious protests from players and Villa fans alike, who believed the goal should have been upheld instead
“He literally dove in to get a hand on it. I think it could be a smart goalie.
Don Goodman, who was the match’s co-commentator, echoed his colleague’s thoughts: “Schmeichel is very lucky and he will know it,” he said.
“I think the goal should be maintained, but it is a rule which is subject to interpretation.”