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No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.
Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be. Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business. All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that. In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad." In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain. We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers. FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players. After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of! With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me
You don't understand much about soccer then. If that wasn't a goalie but a player playing another position, the kneed would get the foul.
You cannot engage in play that puts others at risk or yourself to the point that such risk might deter the player from playing as they might like.
When it comes to goalies they are given greater latitude to put themselves at risk. Frankly, this goalie's play half a second later on her part is FOUL PLAY on her. She went to the ground to contest a ball in POSSESSION of the American player. By the time she obstructed the American's play, the ball was clearly not playable by the goalie, this is problematic.
It was fair play as the ball was playable as the goalie went into her slide toward the ball.
The American didn't intentionally knee her and had no recourse than to do what she did. This is all slowed down BTW. In RT, stuff happens much more quickly.
Again the American had possession and control. When a goalie decides to contest another player in this manner, it can get ugly.
Been there, done that.
Great call on part of the official. Evidently, play was stopped to check for serious injuries (this is NOT required) and was given a restart via a drop ball.
Goalies have gained too much protection over the years. Glad to see when a goalie decides to challenge possession they are not given a white card so to speak to do whatever they want.
Again this is coming from someone who played aggressively as a goal keeper and took their lumps for doing so.
Oh my brother, I am aware of the various rules, but rules can be changed, and rules that allow for players, even goalkeepers, to get hit that hard, even if by accident, is simply dangerous. In the NBA, even if it is a straight up accident, a player could easily get ejected with a Flagrant 2 for a play like that. Players shouldn't be allowed to disregard each others safety, regardless of a particular field position, or a machismo "let em play" approach. Again, I understand the rules and how that play was allowed, I am just arguing that those rules and plays like that are too dangerous. That was an ugly play, even if by accident, and players need to be more careful not to put each other at such risk. I love sport, but I don't want to see athletes getting hurt just because of a love of competition
I think the NBA has suffered a bit due to the over protection of the shooter, especially in the air.
The way to avoid incidences like the above is for goalies not to put themselves at such risk.
There is no reason to penalize an offensive player in control of the ball just because a goalie wishes to take their chances with the player's feet.
I don't even know how you avoid such situations in soccer outside ruling against the goalie, which will never happen.
The goalie's play here is what made the situation dangerous. Nothing else.
Some kids' leagues now have the unfortunate off the book rules about giving goalies's possession of the ball if they are x
steps close to the ball or some such nonsense like that in one on one situation.
Frankly, I can't believe we are discussing this about soccer which is a tame sport compared to boxing or god forbid, the NFL, both of which are great arguments for less padding in nearly any sport.
I boxed. And I got my clock cleaned a lot more often just in practice than I ever did defending goal.
Take away the head gear and the gloves. It encourages headhunting in the amateurs and doesn't allow for our natural defensives to pushing the repeated pummeling of a skull with the small bones of the hand and wrist or the ending of a match due to excessive bleeding.