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World Cup 2018: Is this the bizarre reason Kieran Trippier failed to celebrate Harry Kane's late England winner?

June 24,2018 17:11

Tottenham star Kane was mobbed by his team-mates after heading the Three Lions to a dramatic late victory to start their World Cup campaign with victory. The England players mob Harry Kane after his dramatic stoppage time winner against Tunisia - all.and more »


Tottenham star Kane was mobbed by his team-mates after heading the Three Lions to a dramatic late victory to start their World Cup campaign with victory.

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The England players mob Harry Kane after his dramatic stoppage time winner against Tunisia - all except Kieran Trippier

The England players join Kane in celebration outside the field of play

Kieran Trippier turned his back on the celebrations to make his way back to his position - but stopped just inside the Tunisia halfBut as the England squad piled on top of their captain off the field, Trippier jogged back on his own before stopping just inside the Tunisia half.
And that has thrown up the claim there is a rule in place which could penalise teams going all-out in celebration after scoring a goal.
It has been suggested that under Fifa laws, play can resume after a goal once all members of the scoring team are no longer in the opposition half.
And the claim is that if players are not on the field of play, that counts as them not being in the opposite half.

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One player appears to turn round to warn the final Portugal player not to leave the pitch

The last Portugal player stops short of leaving the playing field, making sure he is within the boundary of the Spain halfSo theoretically, that would mean a team who had just conceded would be able to kick-off while the scoring team were all still celebrating if they were outside the pitch itself.
Further fuel was added to the theory by the way Portugal celebrated their dramatic late equaliser in the 3-3 draw against Spain.
As the entire side dashed over to join Cristiano Ronaldo after his his brilliant free-kick salvaged a draw, they made a deliberate point of ensuring one man stay inside the field of play.
It was a conscious effort to ensure that at least one man was still active in the field of play, and in their opponent's half, meaning play could not be re-started.

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Though both incidents appear to be genuine efforts to make sure play cannot be restarted, the laws of the game are not quite as clear.
All football matches worldwide are governed by the laws of football, as laid out by the International Football Association Board.
And IFAB laws only state all players, except the one taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field of play.
They make no mention of any interpretation or ruling to govern players who are off the field celebrating a goal.
So if sides are self-regulating themselves, it is something they appear to be doing as a matter of protecting themselves rather than for any definitive regulation.

IFAB laws of the game on all kick-offs

All players, except the player taking the kick-off, must be in their own halfof the field of play
The opponents of the team taking the kick-off must be at least 9.15 m(10 yds) from the ball until it is in play
The ball must be stationary on the centre mark
The referee gives a signal
The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves
A goal may be scored directly against the opponents from the kick-off; if theball directly enters the kicker’s goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opponents

 

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