Controversy and debate have always been a part of football. Sometimes a single incident can result in call for major changes to the Laws of the Game.

This is unrealistic and dangerous.

In the FIFA World Cup quarter final between Ghana and Uruguay, the African team were denied victory in the last minute of the match when Uruguay striker Luis Suarez handled the ball on the goal line.

He was sent off and Ghana were awarded a penalty kick which they missed. They then lost the kicks from the penalty mark decider and were eliminated.

There was uproar at this sporting injustice and calls for the introduction of a penalty goal into the Laws of the Game.

While I have great sympathy for the Ghanaians we must not over-react. Had Asamoah Gyan scored with the penalty kick the penalty goal demand would not have been an issue.

Indeed had Ghana won the penalty shoot out it would also have been forgotten.

Think of the consequences of awarding a penalty goal.  A player illegally preventing a goal would be automatically sent off and a goal awarded. Does this mean that a player who prevents an obvious goal-scoring opportunity should also be penalised by a penalty goal?

In which case, do we need to keep the offence of denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity?

Will coaches argue that the punishment of losing a goal is enough and the player should not be sent off? Probably yes.

A single incident which was dealt with correctly by the Laws should not be a reason to make massive and unnecessary changes.

While the sense of injustice remains – so must the Law.

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