Recently we have had the controversy over Frank Lampard’s non-awarded goal against Germany. Another topic which has gathered pace in the media is the awarding of a penalty goal for instances such as the handball by Luis Suarez of Uruguay in the last minute of extra time which prevented Ghana reaching the World Cup semi final.

The cry now is for the Law to be changed and a penalty goal awarded.

About 18 years ago the Laws of the Game were changed to give an automatic red card to a player who illegally prevented a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

It was a sensible change since previously the offence was punished on its individual merit rather than the consequences of the offence.

It is a step too far, however, to introduce a penalty goal into football and must be avoided at all costs.

Of course everyone sympathised with Ghana but we should not consider changing the Laws because of a single high profile incident.

There was similar outrage about the handball by Thiery Henry in the play-off match between France and the Republic of Ireland. He did not prevent a goal, he created one. Everyone sympathised with the Irish for the injustice but it was not a reason to change the Laws.

In my opinion, also, it was not a reason to bring Henry in front of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for what, in the final analysis, was a hand ball – but that is another matter.

Think of the consequences of awarding a penalty goal. . A player illegally preventing a goal would be automatically sent off and a goal awarded. What about a player who prevents an obvious goal-scoring opportunity? Is this also a red card and a penalty goal?

Or should it be a yellow card and a penalty goal?

No. Avoid the sensational, over the top reaction. Keep the Law as it is.

If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!

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