DG: Ref must tell skippers: “Pen is the last kick”


GoldDavid Gold wants refs to make it 100 per cent clear to captains, penalty takers and keepers that a last second penalty will LITERALLY be the final kick of the match!

The co chairman is still barely over the  Spurs equaliser which was converted by Harry Keane off a rebound following a great save by Adrian last Sunday.

And speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh he said: “Whilst we can’t appeal the goal, lessons have to be learned and I believe there is one big thing to be done.

“Referees get all sorts of training and I think that if ever such a situation arises again the official should go to all the parties involved – keeper, penalty taker and captain – making it clear that the kick is the very last thing that will happen in the game.

If the ball hits the back of the net then ok it’s a goal but nothing other than that should be allowable.

“It was a dreadful situation for us. I’m barely over it. Six and a half minutes had been played at the time and you have to think there was just the time for the spot kick and nothing else.

“It mis something that needs to be addressed and I believe my suggestion can help.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • whambam says:

    Do you think Levy would have let this go?

    • philtheiron says:

      Would he ****!
      And what’s more do you honestly think that the media and the spud loving sky would not have splashed this mistake all over the place? (You bet your life they would!).
      And sky sports in particular would have bludgeoned fans over the head with relentless blanket screening of this great injustice.

      Instead of doggedly pursuing lame second hand third rate kilbane gossip and 15 seconds of made up phone clips!
      If it didn’t make you so angry you’d have had to laugh!

  • philtheiron says:

    With regards to DG and the ref telling skippers it’s the last kick, One word, WHY?

    Surely it would be better for referee’s to know the rules of the game in the first place and applying them as the occasion arises?

    Ie, blow the bloody whistle at the right time and not allow players to score from the rebound!


  • bubs says:

    One rule for the others one rule for us,
    But Shearer and co would have said differently I expect if it had been any other club.

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