AFTER watching the Leicester vs West Ham game on Sunday, can someone close to the football hierarchy explain why the markings on a football pitch are not done with shaving foam, instead of the standard white paint.
The reason for asking is that when West Ham equalised from the penalty spot (and I stopped my PVR immediately before the ball was kicked, to verify it) there were seven Leicester players and three West Ham players inside both the penalty area and the D outside the penalty area. A goal was scored from the spot-kick and allowed to stand.
Now, I know absolutely nothing about the laws of the game, but when I read them later, they clearly state that at the taking of a penalty kick, if there is an infringement by players of both teams, the kick shall be retaken regardless of whether a goal was scored or not. The kick was not retaken.
This brings me back to my question. When a free kick is awarded at other times during a game, the referee makes a semi-circle around the ball and then marches a few steps and makes a line on the grass, both with a cannister of shaving foam, and no player dares overstep that mark for fear of being in big trouble.
So wouldn’t it be better to mark the entire field with shaving foam before the start of play and thus eliminate all such incidences?