IFAB to examine the rules of the game after Chelsea and Everton play a draw in PL

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When facing penalties, goalkeepers will henceforth be required to be pinned on the lines by the IFAB (International Football Association board).

Havertz’s “heavy” hesitation up against Jordan Pickford to give Chelsea the lead in their 2-2 tie. Barlow thinks that they may need to review similar legislation.

He said in his The Verdict column for the Daily Mail print, “As it stands, players can feint all they want during the run-up but not on the final stride before the kick.”

“Kai Havertz maximised it with a heavy pause on his penultimate stride against Everton on Saturday, and he is not the only one. It might be time for IFAB and its lawmakers to revisit the rules.”

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Goalkeepers currently face a significant disadvantage when facing those kinds of spot kicks. Therefore perhaps it is time for IFAB to review those rules.

Nonetheless, many supporters would contend that if the board imposes a regulation on how footballers should take penalties, they risk ruining the game.

The beauty of penalties is that they are a lottery for both the penalty taker and the goalkeeper; since any one of them has the chance to save the game. The penalty taker must use every trick in the book to trick the goalie.

The initial judgement did make sense because goalkeepers could be so cunning as to approach the shot and save it. But IFAB will undoubtedly need to review the laws again if players continue to strongly feint their penalties.

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