Interesting case about a rule. Some weeks ago, Anderlecht met La Louvière in the Belgian League. Walter Bassegio (anderlecht) unleashed a powerful volley, and the keeper (Proto) didn't move and watched as the ball went in his nets.
The problem is: the ball exploded while in the air. I didn't see i at first, but the replay showed it clearly: you can actually see the gas coming out of that ball, making a loud boom and changing the ball's direction. Afterwhile, there's a flat ball in the nets...
The La Louvière players complained, but the ref validadet the goal. Anderlecht won 2-1 (thx to a dubious penalty, but that's something else). The images were shown abroad (belgian football on foreign channels!?).
La Louvière complained to the belgian FA after the match, arguing the match should be replayed because that goal wasn't valid. I shecked the rules (thx Zlatan) and that's what I found.
I think the case is not decided yet.
What do you guys think of it?
++ [ originally posted by Zlatan ] ++ LAW 2 – The Ball
Replacement of a Defective Ball
If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match:
- the match is stopped - the match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where the first ball became defective *
If the ball bursts or becomes defective whilst not in play at a kick-off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty kick or throw-in:
- the match is restarted accordingly
The ball may not be changed during the match without the authority of the referee.
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