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Handball goal in FA Youth Cup
by Mike Woitalla, March 11th, 2014 5:56PM

TAGS:  off the post, video


[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Newcastle's website says "Olivier Kemen headed Newcastle level" in a U-18 English FA Cup quarterfinal, but the goal was clearly scored with his hand.

Kemen's punch tied the game, 1-1, and the ref let it stand while the young man celebrated. But Chelsea prevailed, 3-2, in format of 2,506 fans at Newcastle's St. James' Park

  1. Tyler Dennis
    commented on: March 11, 2014 at 6:57 p.m.
    Great character in that kid.... wow! Tongue in cheek.
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: March 11, 2014 at 8:52 p.m.
    I'm no FIFA ref, but in the pre-match ref team meeting, the Referee should have instructed his AR to position himself at the goal line, and that he would line-up even with the second to last defender, on his traditional diagonal path, for any offside infraction calls. Had they decided on that arrangement, they both would have had the deliberate handball viewline right in front of them. Pretty rare he would call any fouls (non handball) in the penalty area from a set piece anyway, which is what I'm assuming he postioned himself to watch for.
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: March 12, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.
    No sure what he was thinking, since no UK club will want that kind of player represent their club. There is Fair Play out there, just not with Newcastle's U-18 team:
  1. Randy Vogt
    commented on: March 16, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.
    It looks like the AR was at the very least unsure exactly what happened but he is standing by the corner flag and not running up the touchline, which he would be doing if a valid goal was scored. The video does not have a close-up of either the ref or AR so we don't know if they were using electronic communication. Either way, the AR needed to stand by the corner flag and tell the ref that he at the very least thought the ball could have been handled by the goal scorer. It would be even worse if the AR knew the handling occurred and did nothing to inform the ref other than standing momentarily by the corner flag. The AR's position is cut off from the video so we're unsure if he goes with the ref's goal signal and eventually runs up the touchline but we do see him start walking up the touchline before he is lost from view.

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