Kai Havertz Has Penalty Ruled out Due to Bizarre but Rare Football Rule

Kai Havertz Has Penalty Ruled out Due to Bizarre but Rare Football Rule

Rene Otinga
March 26, 2023 at 1:55 PM
  • Kai Havertz had a goal disallowed in the most bizarre fashion on Saturday, March 25
  • The German was at the centre of another interesting penalty decision as his rebound for his country was ruled out
  • A quick look at the football rules will show that the referee made the right call to rule out the goal

Chelsea ace Kai Havertz saw his goal for Germany against Peru ruled out due to a rare football rule.

Germany is enjoying a fairly relaxed international break as they do not have to endure the grueling Euro 2024 qualifiers since they are the host nation.

However, they are still in football action and they took on Peru in a friendly on Saturday, March 25 and the game had an interesting incident involving Havertz.

Havertz, Germany
Kai Havertz of Germany reacts during an international friendly match between Germany and Peru at MEWA Arena on March 25, 2023 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm).
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The Chelsea man seems to have a poor relationship with penalties, as he recently also made headlines for a spot-kick against Borussia Dortmund.

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In the Champions League, Havertz had to retake a penalty recently after the referee deemed a Dortmund player to have encroached the area in the build-up to the spot kick, against the football rules.

Fast forward days later and for Germany, Havertz was back on penalty duty and things did not quite go according to plan, again.

As reported on SportBible, the 23-year old had the chance to put German 3-0 up from 12 yards, but his effort hit the post, and luckily fell to him again to bury the rebound.

Surprsingly to many, however, the referee immediately ruled the goal out.

What do the rules state

According to Give Me Sport, there exists a rule that is hardly ever used in football but applied in Havertz’s specific situation.

The rule states "The kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player."

The fact that Havertz had two touches of the ball without interference from any player meant his effort inevitably had to be ruled out.

Tuchel plotting Chelsea raid

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Thomas Tuchel’s plot to raid Chelsea of 2 superstars.

Tuchel, who has been without a job for close to six months, was recently named the new Bayern boss.

Tuchel's immediate assignment will be to keep Bayern’s treble hopes alive, with the Bavarians still challenging for three trophies this season, including the Champions League.

Mateo Kovacic and Edouard Mendy are targets for the tactician, with the duo tipped to leave Chelsea in the coming months.

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