Australia Denied Penalty on Blatant Handball

Hard to see from the original (high) angle shot, but the replays show an amazing penalty that was not called!

A tip of the hat to @GrantWahl for the catch (no pun intended).

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  1. Anonymous11:03 AM

    I've seen a few of these. I've even played in a game with one. They happen for the same reason you can get away with shoplifting if you act like a shopper rather than a thief, and the same reason magic tricks work. Officials are in a low-level trance state: they're watching what *looks like* is happening rather than what is actually happening. The girl couldn't comprehend the ball rebounding off the post instead of going out of play, the officials simply played along with the make believe.

    This happens in all walks of life many times a day.

  2. Anonymous12:27 PM


  3. I'm pretty sure the ref is called Albert and he does out 5-a-side league. He once didn't give a penalty to us because - in his own words - he "wasn't watching"

  4. Anonymous11:55 PM

    Where was it? I didn't see the handball.