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Referee Wrong To Have Awarded Chelsea Penalty Vs Arsenal –Terry

Referee Wrong To Have Awarded Chelsea Penalty Vs Arsenal  –Terry

Chelsea legend John Terry has faulted the decision of the referee to have awarded Chelsea a penalty against Arsenal.

Terry, who never had any love for the Gunners as a player, was speaking about the side’s 2-2 draw on Saturday.

In the contest, William Saliba was judged to have handballed in the penalty area, despite a Mykhailo Mudryk header arriving from very close range.

On X (formerly Twitter), Terry wrote: “Delighted we got the Penalty but I don’t agree with the rules on this, very harsh on defenders.

“I would have been fuming if that was given against me back in the day. But happy now.”


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The current wording of the FA and PGMOL on handballs is as follows: “It is an offence if a player touches the ball with their hand/arm when it has made their body unnaturally bigger.

“A player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation.

“By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised.”

On 10 October 2018, Terry was appointed assistant head coach of Aston Villa, with newly appointed Dean Smith as head coach.

On 26 July 2021, Terry departed Aston Villa after three years at the club, in which they achieved promotion to, and consolidated their position in the Premier League. He described Dean Smith as a great influence on his coaching career.

In December 2021, his return to Chelsea, commencing in January 2022 in a coaching consultancy role was announced.

Following the announcement of Dean Smith as the new Leicester City manager on 10 April 2023, Terry was appointed to his coaching staff once again.

In July 2023, Terry returned to Chelsea as the club’s Academy coach.

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