Tottenham news: Ex-Fifa official demands major law change as controversial Heung-min Son footage analysed
Keith Hackett has insisted the IFAB need to rewrite the handball law after Heung-min Son almost gave away a penalty as Tottenham smashed Leicester City 3-1 yesterday (1 May).
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed the handball law needs to include the word ‘deliberate’ to avoid the current confusion.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme, Leicester appealed for a penalty when the ball appeared to strike Son’s arm when he challenged Ayoze Perez for a loose ball just inside the penalty area.
Jon Moss waved away Leicester’s appeals and the 29-year-old was able to clear the ball.
“It looked as though Son had actually handled the ball,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“But I’m not giving a penalty kick on what I’ve seen. To be honest, I think it’s too close to call.
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“He’s tried to get out of the way more than anything.
“When you look at these things it just strikes me that the laws of the game need to reintroduce and emphasise the word ‘deliberate’ in a more defining manner. That will clarify it.
“You are not going to give a penalty kick unless you are 100 per cent on it and I am not 100 per cent on that one.”
Son was able to take advantage of his good fortune to score twice and provide an assist in the victory.
He has now found the net 19 times in the Premier League this season – only Mo Salah with 22 goals has found the net more often.