Referee’s view

By Keith Hackett



Daily Telegraph

Sport | Euro 2024 Qualifier

The decision to award North Macedonia a penalty in the first half was one of the worst I have witnessed, as it seems the referee forgot to apply an important part of the law. The laws account for natural positions of arms when offences are committed in the penalty box and Manchester City’s Rico Lewis used his arms naturally to gain elevation to win the header before his arm connected with the face of Bojan Miovski. It was also clear earlier that the home side should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire fouled inside the box. Whether that was in the thinking of referee Filip Glova remains to be seen, but two wrongs do not make a right.