"Deking" to be Penalized at the World Cup

The International Football Association Board, the organization responsible for setting the rules ahead of the World Cup, announced that "feinting" right before kicking the ball during a penalty is "unsportsmen like behavior" and worthy of a yellow card.

Jerome Valcke, a spokesperson for Fifa, said during a recent press conference on the rules set for the World Cup, "Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted... However, feinting to kick the ball once the player has completed his run-up is now considered an infringement." What this essentially means is if a penalty-taker, for example Cristiano Ronaldo (a common user of the "feint"), scores on a penalty when using a "deke" after the run up but before kicking the ball, the penalty will be retaken and the penalty-taker will then be cautioned.

Players apply the "deke" or "feint" at the end of the run up during a penalty to try and fool the goal-keeper to reveal the direction of their dive, allowing the penalty-taker to calmly slot the ball into the opposite side of the goal.

1 comment:

  1. I think a penalty should be a simple run up shoot and score... anything else should be banned. The penalty sucks as it is