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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/...0#ixzz0Z4ZqAGJl

To make matters worse for Chelsea, there were at least two City defenders who were well in the penalty area as Lampard struck his kick, one of them then cleared the ball away after Given had made his illegal save.

Not being sore or anything but it is true . I cant really remember when was the last time a penalty was retaken because of this ? It used to happen all the time earlier .

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I'd have to agree with that. Given was clearly a yard and a half off his line when the ball was struck. As the linesman is stood on the line to look for that specific infringement it does make you wonder what the hell he was doing.

I've only seen the goals on MOTD2 so have only had one look at it, but my instinct was that Given must have moved off his line as he saved it a good yard in front of his line. If I can spot it why can't the officials.

Not really moaning, but ref's seem to 'miss' so many obvious things all the time such as encroachment, keepers moving off the line, kicking balls aways, etc, plus is time-wasting allowed now??? :D

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/...0#ixzz0Z4ZqAGJl

To make matters worse for Chelsea, there were at least two City defenders who were well in the penalty area as Lampard struck his kick, one of them then cleared the ball away after Given had made his illegal save.

Not being sore or anything but it is true . I cant really remember when was the last time a penalty was retaken because of this ? It used to happen all the time earlier .

I rarely ever see a referee make the call of the keeper moving too soon. I guess they figure if they move soon, they do so at their own risk, and a good spot kicker will see that and just kick to the other side. Anyway, as to the two Citeh players moving into the box too soon, I have rarely ever seen that called to cause a re-kick, but in any event I don't recall any Chelsea players even close to moving into the box. I guess they have been accustomed to Lamps making his spot kick, and so they were a bit lazy about that.

My biggest issue with keepers moving too soon was the Women's World Cup final in China, I don't recall when (10 years ago?), when the U.S. keeper Brianna Scurry made a mockery of the "leaving too soon" rule, whereby she moved at least two full steps towards the Chinese spot kicker and basically was on top of the kicker when the kicker took her shot. It was unbelievable to see, and to this day I am shocked that no one has ever made a big deal of this (the U.S. won the World Cup final on penalty kicks, and I think Scurry stopped 3 or 4 shots -- which is no shock given that she was no more than 1 yard from the shot takers when the shots were taken).

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WORST EXAMPLE FOR ME WAS IN THE CL FINAL WHICH WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN(2005) JERZY DUDEK. I DONT KNOW WHO TOOK IT BUT IT WAS RIDICULOUS.

I believe it was Sheva. I remember Marty Taylor was screaming during the match commentary for a retake because Dudek was about a meter out of his line before the ball was kicked. Of course it was never mentioned again by the media.

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