Ian Wright has called on Premier League chiefs to ban the unorthodox penalty routine; used by the likes of Bruno Fernandes as he claims it’s “not fair”. Fernandes initiated his trademark technique during Manchester United Vs West Bromwich on Saturday; after his side were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute.
As usual, the Portuguese midfielder incorporated a small hop into his run-up. In a bid to try and bamboozle the goalkeeper.
But Baggies’ No1 Sam Johnstone was equal to Fernandes’s first effort. Consequently, palming his shot away; only for the officials to order a retake as he had strayed some way off his line.
Not deterred by his initial miss. Fernandes repeated his tried and tested method; luckily, this time with better results as he found the net. Causing Wright to urge for a change in the penalty laws. “It is [difficult for goalkeepers],” Wright said on BBC’s Match of the Day.
How does Wright describe Bruno Fernandes trick?
“And then you’ve got forwards jumping up; doing this; doing that sort of stuff and the goalie can’t move his foot off.
“They should stop people jumping. And they should have to make a full… just run at the ball and hit it. If they can move and the goalies can’t, that’s not fair.”
Presenter Gary Lineker asked: “Are you going to have a law that says you can’t jump?”
Wright replied: “Yeah, you have to go straight through your penalty run-up, no jumping and the unorthodox penalty routine trick .”
The technique is also adopted by Chelsea’s Jorginho, though both players have missed penalties this season using their style.
Fernandes was fortunate to get a second crack from 12 yards on this occasion. Additionally, his goal proved to be the winner as United edged a 1-0 victory; in the Manchester United Vs West Bromwich on Saturday.
Replays showed Fernandes clearly kicked Gallagher in the shin without making contact with the ball. But after being asked to review his decision on the pitchside monitor, Coote made a U-turn on his call.
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