Explained: Why Bernd Leno wasn't penalised for picking up apparent back pass from Fulham team-mate Tim Ream as new angle shows Leeds player DID get a touch
- Ream passed back to the Fulham goalkeeper
- Leno picked up the ball but wasn't penalised
- New angle showed Rodrygo got a touch
WHAT HAPPENED? In what had initially appeared to be a monumental error by referee Peter Bankes and his officiating team, Leno picked up the ball during the Premier League clash between Fulham and Leeds after United States defender Ream had played it back to him. There was confusion as to why an indirect free-kick wasn't awarded, but a new camera angle emerged at half-time to prove the officials were right to wave play on.
Another angle suggests Tim Ream's back pass to Bernd Leno clipped the boot of Rodrygo 🕵️♂️ pic.twitter.com/IjQl5oJj1z— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 22, 2023
¡NO SE DIO CUENTA NADIE! Ream le dio el pase hacia atrás a Leno y el arquero alemán tomó la pelota con la mano. El árbitro no pitó nada y los jugadores de Leeds no protestaron en la #PREMIERxESPN.— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) April 22, 2023
📺 Mirá la #PremierLeague por #ESPNenStarPlus pic.twitter.com/waaluLy4UC
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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Goalkeepers are not allowed to pick the ball up in their box when a team-mate kicks it to them, with that rule having been in place since 1992. The new angle clears up why a free-kick wasn't given, however, and explains why Leeds' players didn't appeal to the match officials.
WHAT NEXT? After Saturday's game, Fulham will take on Aston Villa on Tuesday while Leeds will face Leicester on the same day.