What is the point of having referees and linesmen if they cannot see a handball like this?
Saturday in England saw Boston United lose 1-nil to Gloucester City in the third round of the FA Trophy, but for a while it looked like Gloucester were going to be shafted after arguably the most blatant handball of the season wentÂ unnoticedÂ by the match officials.
The episode arose after just seven minutes of the contest, after the visitors had won an early free-kick.
Boston failed to clear the set-play, and Darren Edwards appeared to have put GloucesterÂ ahead when he shot past stranded home keeper Jamie McKeown. But Edwards’Â shot never made it over the line as Boston defender Rory Coleman made a fabulous,Â instinctiveÂ save with his left hand on the goalline.
Penalty! A red card! Surely!
Incredibly however, as the Gloucester players remonstrated with their arms flapping at the clear-as-day handball, neither the linesman nor the ref seemed to catch the infringement. Accordingly the match was disgracefully forced to carry on and the Pilgrims defender escaped a certain dismissal.
Rory Coleman’s most obvious handball ever can be seen here.
Shifting tracks to actual saves over the weekend, Mirassol goalie Fernando made a fine scampering stop to deny a Ponte Preta player from scoring what would have been one of the goals of the weekend in the Brazilian Campeonato Paulista on Sunday.
Fernando’s super save can be seen here.