The ref simply applied the laws as UEFA wish them to be but for me it shouldn’t be a penalty
Let’s be clear, referee Damir Skomina (Slovenia) made the right decision in awarding Manchester United their late penalty following the handball by Presnel Kimpembe – he has applied the laws as UEFA wish them to be.
But PSG will be furious, and I understand why. This, for me, should not be a penalty, it is not a deliberate handball. In the Premier League over the years this would never have been given as a penalty.
It has been given because of UEFA’s recent instruction to referees, which came about after Manchester City conceded a similar penalty at Schalke last month.
They want referees to give handball when the arm is out and is in a non-natural position, and to that end the referee has been consistent here.
However, he has watched a slow-motion replay of the incident and, when it comes to handball, it always looks worse when slowed down.
I would always want to watch a handball claim in a real-time replay. Do that here and it’s never a penalty, the player is turning away and trying to withdraw his arm away from the ball.
Marcus Rashford dispatched the penalty to seal Manchester United’s place in the next round