Ben Foster baffled by Hugo Lloris being penalised after Spurs penalty save
Spurs went into the international break on a high after a ruthless second-half display against Brendan Rodgers’ side. Son Heung-min stole the show with a brilliant hat-trick to end his lengthy wait for a goal.
But the match did not start that way for Antonio Conte’s men. Davinson Sanchez gave away an early penalty after a clumsy challenge on James Justin.
Initially, Lloris sent the ground into a frenzy by saving Youri Tielemans’ effort. However, it quickly became apparent that the Frenchman may be about to be penalised.
Replays showed that Lloris had, marginally, taken both feet off his line just before the kick was taken. And with that, Tielemans was given a fresh chance to score from 12 yards.
‘It was ridiculous’
At the second attempt, the Belgian did indeed put Leicester in front. And Foster suggested that Lloris being forced to face the penalty again was completely unfair.
“These people who makes these rules, they have never been a goalkeeper. They have never even stood in goal,” he told his YouTube channel.
“Do you know how hard it is to stand on your line and try and dive completely laterally? It is near-on impossible. You have to go forward a little bit to get a bit of momentum to try and save it. It’s a joke. It was about that far as well. It was ridiculous.”
Decision to penalise Lloris after his penalty save a joke
Of course, it is hard to have many complaints with the officials ordering the penalty to be retaken. Spurs fans would have expected the same had similar happened at the other end of the pitch.
But Tottenham supporters will feel that Lloris deserved a piece of luck. He has been brilliant this season. And he did not deserve to be on the losing side a few days earlier in their Champions League defeat.
Foster’s perspective on the law is important. Obviously, goalkeepers should not have many advantages given the reason a penalty will have been awarded in the first place.
But Lloris did not save that penalty because he was a few inches away from his line. So surely there is scope for the law to be looked at.
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