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Re: A J Hernandez, England v Hungary
« on: Wed 13 Oct 2021 21:42 »
The arguments looking for a defensive free kick are clumsy and seem to be putting the cart before the horse.

Shaw’s foot is high and is mandated that he consider other players’ welfare, irrespective of whether he expects to play the ball first or not.  “Not giving a player an opportunity to protect himself” is a mantra made very clear by UEFA in the last decade.

If Shaw was in the opposition penalty area and that was part of an overhead kick on goal, it would be a foul, DFK awarded and a caution made.  There is no difference at all with it being in the England penalty area.
Agreed - completely reasonable for a player to attempt to play a ball at head height using his head, whereas a player using his foot to play a ball at head height should know damn well that there is a risk to the opponent's safety.