Denmark goal vs England ‘shouldn’t have stood’ as FIFA Laws of the Game prove

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Mikkel Damsgaard handed Denmark a shock lead against England in their Euro 2020 semi-final with a stunning free kick, but the goal should not have stood, according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game. 

The midfielder stuck a wonderful effort from 30 yards after Mason Mount had conceded a foul outside the penalty area. 

The ball flew over the England wall and beyond goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. 

But Denmark appeared to breach FIFA’s rule book in the build up to Damsgaard stepping up. 

Attacking players are not meant to be within a yard of the defensive wall until the ball is struck and is back in play. 

Denmark set up a three-man wall just next to England’s. However, they moved closer to the Three Lions players just before the ball was struck. 

The incident was noticed by Twitter user David Mooney, who quoted a section from FIFA’s Laws of the Game. 

“Where three or more defending team players form a ‘wall,” they say, “all attacking team players must remain at least 1m (1 yrd) from the ‘wall’ until the ball is in play.”


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