Wolves told laws make no sense as Saiss footage analysed

By Keith Hackett

3rd May, 2022 | 11:09am

Ex-Fifa official: 'Exaggerating' Romain Saiss exposing nonsensical laws as Wolves footage analysed

Keith Hackett has admitted he supports the decision to award Brighton & Hove Albion a penalty in their 3-0 win over Wolves on Saturday (30 April) for a handball by Romain Saiss.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed the incident proves the handball law is not fit for purpose as it is almost impossible to judge whether Saiss’ arm was in a natural position.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Brighton were awarded a spot-kick when a Solly March cross struck the 32-year-old’s arm.

Referee Simon Hooper decided to award a penalty when reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

“I think that was a penalty,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The exaggeration of the withdrawal of the arm after it has deflected the ball has given the signal to the referee that that is clearly a handball.

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“These decisions are subjective. How do you know if the arm is not positioned like that to balance the player?

“For me, it shows when you get into debating the handball law what nonsense is written. I could put 100 referees in a room and not all 100 are going to say that is a penalty kick. It’s too subjective.

“Once it is given I will go with what the referee decides.”

Alexis MacAllister actually missed the resulting spot-kick before putting away another penalty 10 minutes later.

Goals from Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma in the second half condemned Wolves to their fourth defeat in their last five Premier League games.

In other news, Wolves are racing to sign a 26-year-old and £500,000 will seal the deal.