In Behind the Whistle, former Premier League referee Chris Foy walks through a selection of key match decisions from the latest action from Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

Although many decisions made on the pitch are subjective in nature, Behind the Whistle aims to give supporters of EFL clubs an insight into decision-making considerations and also clarification of certain calls to provide an understanding of how decisions are made. They interpret the laws of the game. .

As part of a regular function in sky sports After the conclusion of a matchday, Foy will be here to explain some refereeing matters in the EFL, starting with the following.

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Blackpool 0-0 Rotherham United

Incident: Penalty appeal (Rotherham United)

Decision: No penalty awarded (Rotherham United)

Watch Rotherham appeal a penalty and see their appeals get rejected

Foy says: “There is no doubt that there is contact between the ball and the defender’s arm, however, not always when the ball and the arm make contact does it mean a hand foul. Match officials judged that the attacker’s arms were glued to his side and that he was trying to move his arms away from the ball, rather than widen it. I think this is the right decision as the arms are in a justifiable position given his action.”

Cardiff City 1-3 Middlesbrough

Incident: Offside potential (Middlesbrough)

Decision: Conceded goal (Middlesbrough)

Watch Middlesbrough’s goal against Cardiff City judged fair despite offside appeals

Foy says: “This is a very tight offside decision, but ultimately correct once you slow down the footage and stop at the moment the ball is played.

“Of course, the assistant referee doesn’t have the benefit of that on the day, so it’s a very good decision that results in the away team scoring a goal.”

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Ipswich Town 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Incident: Penalty appeal and possible red card (Ipswich Town)

Decision: Penalty awarded without a booking (Ipswich Town)

Watch as Ipswich take a penalty but the Sheffield Wednesday player escapes a red card

Foy says: “This decision is divided into two parts: the award of a sanction and the possible red card for violent conduct.

“The correct decision was made regarding the sanction. The assistant referee detected an altercation off the ball and alerted the referee. However, in this case, there should also be a red card issued for violent conduct, but unfortunately the team at the The field was unsure of the identity of the Sheffield Wednesday player as play continued momentarily before the referee awarded the penalty.”

Peterborough United 0-5 Bolton Wanderers

Incident: Offside potential (Bolton Wanderers)

Decision: Conceded goal (Bolton Wanderers)

Watch the incident where a Bolton Wanderers goal was allowed to stand despite offside appeals

Foy says: “In this scenario, I think it is important to clarify what the offside law is, given that this time there are two defending players behind the goalkeeper.

“A player is in an offside position if:

  • Any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents half (excluding the midline) and
  • Any part of the head, body or feet is closer to the opponents’ goal line than the ball and the penultimate opponent.

“In most cases, one of the defending players is the goalkeeper, however in this case the offside line was calculated using two defenders.

“Therefore, it is a very good decision by the match officials, who know which player is the second-furthest-backed defender, especially since this was the opening goal of the game and could have shaped the process differently.”

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AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Carlisle United

Incident: Penalty Appeal – Handball (AFC Wimbledon)

Decision: No penalty awarded (AFC Wimbledon)

See the incident where AFC Wimbledon’s penalty appeals were rejected

Foy says: “I think we can compare this decision to Blackpool v Rotherham United, as detailed above.

“The key differences are that in this game, the Carlisle United defender clearly makes a move towards the ball, therefore enlarging his body and the ball has traveled a relative distance. Since the ball makes contact with the defender’s arm , while away from his body, which stops the progress of the ball, therefore overall I think a penalty awarded would have been a better result.”


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