Sometimes it is hard to find words for certain match situations and the following clip shows one of them. It is taken from CSKA Moskva-Bayern München refereed by William Collum of Scotland, who missed a blatant infringement committed by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Law 12 clarifies this:
"An indirect free-kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following four offences:
- controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing it from his possession
- touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his possession and before it has touched another player
- touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate
- touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate"
Therefore, the referee should have awarded an indirect free-kick in favour of CSKA Moskva from the position where the offence occurred. Additionally the Law emphasizes "releasing the ball from his possession". This must be understood as releasing it from his hands deliberately touching (in this case even manoeuvring) the ball. The guidelines of Law 12 further clarify this:
"A goalkeeper is not permitted to touch the ball with his hand inside his own penalty area iif he handles the ball again after it has been released from his possession and has not touched any other player under the following circumstances:
- the goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball by touching it with any part of his hands or arms except if the ball rebounds accidentally from him, e.g. after he has made a save
- possession of the ball includes the goalkeeper deliberately parrying the ball."
It is not understandable how three match officials - referee Collum, assistant referee Chambers and additional assistant referee Beaton - can miss such an obvious infringement. The motto "Now we see more" does not suit to that. A good example of how to manage such situations can be found here.