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Introducing the world's most blatant handball courtesy of Preston North End

You are not the goalkeeper. Repeat, you are not the goalkeeper

Introducing the world's most blatant handball courtesy of Preston North End

The clue’s in the name: football. Foot and ball. It’s a game played with a ball, and you use your foot to kick it. There are certain points where you’re allowed to use your hands, but let’s face it here: the crux is that you’re not allowed to pick it up. It’s FOOTball. Kick it, not slap it.

Unless you’re the goalie. But then here’s another rule: you are not the goalie just because you are standing near the goal.

This is something that Preston forward Paul Gallagher was not aware of. I know this, because the following happened during their game against Newcastle on Monday:

What's happened here is, Gallagher has forgotten about the whole "foot=yes, hand=no" thing and used his hands instead of his feet. 

As such, he’s gone and got himself a shiny little red card in return. Oh and a penalty. Which was nicely scored by Matt Ritchie (with his foot), leading Newcastle to end up on top to the tune of 4-1.

But hey, these things happen – I once booted the ball through the gym window in a game of basketball. Admittedly I did it for a laugh, and I got one, but still.

(Image: Rex)

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