Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Gilardino suspended for handball goal (VIDEO)
by Ian Plenderleith, October 28th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ITALY] Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino has been suspended for two games by the Italian league for "serious unsporting conduct" after he scored the opening goal of Sunday's 3-1 Serie A win at Palermo with his forearm.

Gilardino, who scored Italy's goal against the United States in the 2006 World Cup finals when the teams tied 1-1 in Kaiserslautern, had the front of his body concealed from the referee when he slid in to convert a cross that put his side 1-0 up in the 20th minute. Palermo's goalkeeper Marco Amelia immediately signaled that Gilardino had played the ball with his arm, but the goal stood. Slow motion replays quickly confirmed that Amelia was correct.

Palermo was understandably furious that the goal counted. Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini told reporters before the announcement that Gilardino deserved a five-game ban, but the club was reportedly satisfied with the two-game sanction.

Gilardino's agent Giovanni Bia begged to differ, claiming that the striker "made a gesture, whether voluntary or involuntary, that was due to an instinctive action." There certainly wasn't much involuntary about the player's celebration, which only added to Palermo's fury, and which Zamparini had labeled "incredible."

Fiorentina plans to appeal against the ban, but if it's upheld then Gilardino will miss his team's home game with Inter Milan Wednesday and Sunday's visit to Siena.

Although the use of video evidence to issue retrospective punishments for violent fouls or the rescinding of red and yellow cards is becoming increasingly common, using replays for handball incidents is almost unprecedented. How fortunate for Diego Maradona that no such initiative was taken by FIFA at the 1986 World Cup.

One final note. On Monday we noted that out of Serie A's measly 19 goals in 10 weekend games, five had been penalty kicks and one an own goal. To that we must now belatedly add: and one was scored with the arm. Whether it was voluntary or involuntary, we will leave to the interpretation of the individual viewer.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS labor issues remain unresolved early Wednesday morning    
The third day of talks between representatives of MLS and the MLS Players Union ended late ...
Frank Klopas on Montreal miracle: 'God never sleeps'    
The Montreal Impact made history when it became the first Canadian team (and just third MLS ...
U.S. U-17s sitting pretty, so far     
The USA opened its qualifying campaign for the 2015 U-17 World Cup with a 5-0 win ...
Video Pick: The world's best free-kick taker?     
No one has scored more free-kick goals in European club play in the last two years ...
What They're Saying: Steve Bruce    
"Unfortunately Brady has fallen down a hole in the training ground and it looks an awful ...
Real Monarchs ink deal on new stadium site    
A week after a deal for stadium at the Utah State Fairgrounds fell apart, Real Salt ...
Crew Stadium gets a name 16 years later    
MLS's oldest soccer-specific stadium finally has a name of its own. Columbus Crew SC has partnered ...
MLS Trade Central: Philly adds pair of youngsters    
The Philadelphia Union agreed to terms with Saint Louis University defender Raymond Lee and 18-year-old midfielder ...
What They're Saying: Zach Scott    
"The only thing we've talked about is if our families are alright. If you've got family ...
Lots at stake as MLS labor talks continue    
The deadline for a resolution of the talks between representatives of MLS and the MLS Players ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives