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Since there has been a lot of discussion about a possible **handball of Ramos in the Dortmund – Real Madrid** game, i think it helps to add some facts to the discussion.

A *misconception* which is often repeated by some commentators and even referees is, that it is a handball if a player *enlarges the size of his body by using his hands*.
This is not necessarily the case. The rule which is applied in such a case is that it has to be **deliberately**.
To prove what is a deliberate act and what is not makes it sometimes difficult to decide.

What referees use to prove whether it is deliberate or not is the distinction between *natural* and *unnatural* movements.

* Typical examples for a natural movement: A player falling down on his hands/arms and a ball touching him afterwards.

* Typical example for an unnatural (deliberate) movement: Jerome [Boateng](https://i.imgur.com/RF5zhvh.jpg)

The case of sergio Ramos yesterday is hard to decide.
[Sergio Ramos](https://streamable.com/5ymjt)
What the referee and many spectators used to decide that it wasn’t a handball was that the distance between Ramos and the deflecting Navas was too short, so Ramos didn’t have the time to move his hands away.
I would still decide differently (based on slowmotion video though!) Ramos moves his hand in a deliberate (unnatural) act towards the ball *before* Navas deflected it. He saw where the ball was going and moved his foot/leg and his arm/hands deliberately towards it.

For anyone interested in the rules (page 98):
[laws of the game 2017](http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/refereeing/02/90/11/67/lawsofthegame2017-2018-en_neutral.pdf)

**Opinion:**
This is really hard case and i would prefer to have a rule for the penalty area, that deliberation doesn’t count, neither for defenders nor for attackers in this special area. Simply keep your hands away from the ball in the penalty area.
Yes, I’m looking at you maradona.

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31 Comments

  1. babsk988

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    But therein lies the problem. The referee doesn’t know if a players movement is deliberate or not and doesn’t have the access to slow motion replays and doesn’t have some kind of helmet that can read a players mind. Thus if a player is spreading or enlarging their body there is a good chance of a penalty being given regardless

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  2. yoshi570

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Handling the ball
    Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the
    ball with the hand or arm.
    The following must be considered:

    • the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
    • the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
    • the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an offence
    • touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.)
    is an offence
    • hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) is an offence

    Thanks my man, I linked it to my goalkeeper friend that likes to throw his shoes to stop the ball. 🙂

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  3. ductaped

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    That’s a fabulous picture of Boateng

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  4. bozboy204

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Professional referee checking in here:

    Everything listed above is correct, but there are a few more considerations they give us to “help” us determine if handling is committed. These are the questions they want us to ask when we see a potential handling:

    1) Was it ball-to-hand or hand-to-ball?

    2) Was there enough time for the player to react?

    3) Did the player make himself bigger?

    4) Is the arm in a natural or unnatural position?

    5) Did the player benefit?

    These criteria are from 2009 so they may be slightly outdated, but the general philosophy is still employed. Not all 5 of these questions need to be satisfied in order for handling to have occurred.

    The clip from yesterday is a tough one. After watching it several times I noticed a critical detail – the keeper makes contact with the ball before it hits Ramos in the arm. The very last angle on the clip OP provided shows this. Because the ball comes off the keeper’s hands, Ramos no longer has the time to react and his arm is in a relatively natural position to balance himself as he jumps to clear the ball with his foot.

    I would say that if the ball had not parried off of the keeper first then the case for handling, and thus a PK (and potentially a red card), would be strong. He would have had enough time to react and gained enough of an advantage from his arm being in that position that the conditions for handling would have been met.

    In real time with no instant replay this is an incredibly hard call to make. We as referees avoid guesswork whenever possible and if we are not sure of something then we opt towards making no decision, or the decision with the least impact on the game.

    Edit: added citation

    https://www.sfsfl.com/Uploads/RefereeDocs/2009%20RTS%20Training%20Seminar%20-%20Game%20Management.pdf

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  5. Erratic85

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    So, using your argument, what would the *natural* place of a defender’s hands/arms when in the area? And when in the keeper’s little area (if there should be any difference between the two)?

    I mean, your two examples of natural and unnatural are a little hyperbolic. It’s in the inbetween, that we have the problem.

    When a defender does a clearance in fast motion, where should his hands be? Puyol used to place them in the back always, but that renders you unable to jump or tackle as good or as fast (think blocking a cross from the side).

    A middle ground would be giving an indirect free kick if such hands were there yet unintentional. As in, any hand, intentional or not in the keeper’s little area, would award you that. Easy for the refs and fair to the game.

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  6. IAmNickFury

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    You telling me that’s an unnatural movement for Boateng?

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  7. HavestR

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    [This would be soccer, if we always sticked to the rules](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vbxlg79Mn0) (TL;DW: a single penalty was replayed 6 times bc some players ran into the box too early)

    There is a fair amount of refs who’d give a penalty yesterday, Real were lucky Kuipers is not one of them.

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  8. tareqath

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Hmmm *checks flair* oh okay

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  9. Wivyx

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    The handball rule is the most frustrating rule in the game, and this incident is a perfect example of how difficult it is to interpret. It’s not an easy rule to “fix” either because both extremes (“A handball must be a deliberate concious attempt at touching the ball with your hand” and “Any time the ball touches a hand it’s handball) don’t sound very appealing. Thus, there will always be room for interpretation.

    Personally, I think this should have been a penalty. If you pause the gif at 0:34 I find Ramos’ hands to be “deliberately” in a postition that intercepts the ball. It’s not a black/white situation though, and anybody who argues that it is clear cut one way or the other should have a second look with a more open mind.

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  10. braveheart18

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    > Ramos moves his hand in a deliberate (unnatural) act towards the ball before Navas deflected it

    I disagree with you here. Its entirely natural to move your arms up to balance yourself when your trying to get your leg in the air. You can see he was trying to volley it out of the area before navas’ deflected the ball towards his hand.

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  11. ColtraneL

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    The biggest problem in my opinion in that precise situation, regardless of how the rule apply, is that had Ramos hand not been there (it is possible to try to block a ball with your foot or your back without raising your hand), Dortmund would still have had a good shot at scoring (it could even had come from an own goal header seeing the speed of the ball) and a handplay did reset the whole action.

    That being said, based on what is reminded in the OP about the rules, I believe that his arm movement is not natural. He actually throws both his hands upward (see the two last angles) and it should be a penalty for me. However, it is not so rare seeing a wrong penalty call anyway, so I’d rather not get bothered too much by this one.

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  12. tweeek91

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Erik Meijer had a good point in his analysis in the Sky post-match show.
    He said whenever the ball is touched with the hand on the goal line it has to be given a penalty, simple as that. As a football player you have to get your hands out of the way when your standing on the goal line.
    To me this was a clear penalty, though I think our performance was so poor yesterday, we would have lost anyways.

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  13. krubolo

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    https://ok.ru/video/323068693212?fromTime=211

    99% of spurs fans in the match thread were adamant this was a penalty but for me, I don’t think you should be giving them, it’s clearly an unavoidable accident

    edit: the you have people calling for bullshit like this to be given as penalties https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzfjsN8aNrM

    Games should never decided because the ball happens to hit somebody’s arm when they’ve been unable to move out of the way

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  14. Th3_Huf0n

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Pen. Call me biased, I don’t care.

    Balance or not, Ramos has no business having hands in that position. And he is moving them towards the ball.

    So what Navas punched it into him? Again, those hands have no business being in that place.

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  15. Sveesvee17

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I mean no offense to you mate, but i feel there is a bias stance in regards to madrid and their actions. Maybe people just hold them to a higher standard given their success in recent years? Just a guess

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  16. Irishane

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve been going on about this for weeks to anyone who’ll listen. This rule frustrates me more than most.

    I wish this rule above all other rules was more black and white. I wish they would just subtract the word **Deliberately** and give free kicks for ball to hand. The only place where the referee should have discretion is in the box where a penalty is only awarded for a motion towards the ball; otherwise an indirect FK is awarded.

    The way I see **any** handball is the fact that the ball’s trajectory has be changed by way of an illegal appendage impeding it’s course. That, in my opinion, is everything. Zero tolerance. It would also stop ridiculous calls like, “ACCIDENTAL REF!”, or other such bullshit.

    If it’s a case that a player is blocking his face, chest or nuts, then I think it’s fair to assume that the ball would’ve been blocked anyway and that could be ignored.

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  17. The-Go-Kid

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    If the handball had stopped the ball going directly into the goal and the ref saw it, I believe he would have given it.

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  18. flybypost

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    > Typical example for an unnatural (deliberate) movement

    He trying to show that he’s not hugging the opponents. Seen like this it’s could be seen as natural (so the ref can see his arms), he just didn’t expect the ball there. Although he could use a tutu to really blend in.

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  19. rlsN

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I’m completely lost regarding the handball rules. Recently there was a lot of discussion about it because of the handball of Naldo against Bayern which imo was rightfully a penalty for Bayern. But we had nearly the exact same situation against Hannover a couple of weeks earlier when we didn’t get a penalty.

    Since then I read analysis of numerous experts / analysts / ex-referees which all come to different conclusions. It feels like even the refs don’t really know exactly how to handle those situations.

    Same thing with the situation yesterday. ‘Collina’s Erben” which is quite a respected german podcast with refs coming from an amateuer level deemed it not to be handball and a rightful decision by the ref of the game. Merk, an ex-ref, said it was handball and should’ve been a penalty.

    There is way too much room for interpretation in the rulework at the moment and I feel like there is no consistency in the decision-making.

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  20. SuperKXT

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve always found the wording to be unnecessarily vague. Judging if the handball was deliberate or not is very difficult in most cases. It would be better to just change the definition to the arm being in an unnatural position, which is to say it is extended away from the body. Sure it will be unlucky in cases where the ball bounces of the keeper or the goal post, but the same can be said for own goals.

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  21. shkico

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Was there after game analysis, what did they say? Or if any referee, well known player etc. say anything about this, was it a penalty or no? Did referees not see handball or they saw it but negated that it was a penalty?

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  22. jmov

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for this. As a ref, I hate people calling out for handballs. 80% of the time they aren’t fouls.

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  23. chefdangerdagger

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Look, in the Ramos case, his hand was level with the ball coming in pre-deflection, he then moves his hands up, out of the way of the ball, the ball then deflects upwards onto his hands. I can’t understand how anyone can think this is hand-ball?

    Ramos is on one leg, moving hands for balance at high speed is completely normal in football.

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  24. Gyshall669

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    A bigger misconception is that referees are meant to use ‘natural position’ at all. They’re not. It doesn’t say anything about that in the rulebook.

    Did you even read what you linked?…

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  25. Theomech

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I am with you on this one. **Deliberately** moving the hand **towards** the ball also I would like to add that the hands were in an **unnatural position** to begin with.
    **Penalnty** and yellow card (probably).

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  26. Sveesvee17

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Where the fuck were all these cry babies when suarez was diving against navas in supercup. Or when ronaldo got a red for losing his balance? People just angry madrid is on top

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  27. kevdotbadger

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Shows the state of this subreddit when post about basic football rules is upvoted.

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  28. emurphyt

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I would go even further than you. If you look at his arm position as navas parries it vs as his hand hits the ball, it clearly moves from his arm being horizontal to his arm at near a right angle. His reaction time was quick enough that he managed to actually move his hand to the ball.

    https://imgur.com/a/iBqog

    edit: I will say that in real time I thought it was accidental and that the replay showed that it was deliberate. This is why we need VAR in champions league. Because it’s clear that despite the 5th/6th official looking right at it he was still totally useless.

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  29. PapaSays

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I’m tired of handball penalties because the attackers shot from a 1 meter distance at the defender’s hand. I’m even much much more tired of referees decide totally inconsistently. And it seems always to go in favour of the big teams.

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  30. Black_Magic100

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Are these rules the same in highschool soccer for the most part? I feel like I always got PKs called if my hands were at my side and the ball hit me.

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  31. JoffreyWaters

    September 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    You’re ~~just~~ slightly wrong.

    It doesn’t have to be deliberate.

    It just has to be a deliberate act from the player.

    If I stand on the goal line with my hands up in the air and close my eyes, it would still be handball. Putting my hands up was deliberate.

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