West Brom's Sam Johnstone says Bruno Fernandes' hopping penalty technique should be BANNED after VAR KOd save vs Man Utd
WEST BROM goalie Sam Johnstone has called for hopping penalties to be BANNED after VAR saved Manchester United on Saturday.
The shot-stopper pulled off a great save when he denied Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford.
But the penalty was allowed to be retaken after Johnstone stepped off his line.
United ace Fernandes, who hopped for the first one, repeated his technique to slot home the second time around.
And Johnstone believes that if he is punished for stepping off his line, then the penalty taker should not be allowed to ‘hop, skip and jump’ in his run-up.
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Responding to a tweet questioning why goalies should not be allowed to move to save penalties, Johnstone added: “And a striker shouldn’t be able to hop, skip and jump before kicking it.”
Fernandes’ retaken penalty secured a narrow 1-0 win for the Red Devils, moments after Conor Gallagher was denied a spot-kick despite appearing to be kicked by Fernandes in United’s penalty area.
Another man who believes hopping penalties must be banned is Ian Wright.
He believes the technique, also used by Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho, is unfair if the goalie must remain planted to the spot.
Wright told Match of the Day: “It is [difficult for goalies]. And then you’ve got forwards jumping up, doing this, doing that sort of stuff and the goalie can’t move his foot off.
“They should stop people jumping and that, they should have to make a full… just run at the ball and hit it. If they can move and the goalies can’t, that’s not fair.”
Host Gary Lineker interjected: “Are you going to have a law that says you can’t jump?”
Wright responded: “Yeah, you have to go straight through your penalty run-up, no jumping.”
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