‘Penalty spot tampering’ has been a hot topic in English soccer over the past month.
Midfielder Cole Palmer, a former Man City youth product who moved to Chelsea last summer, was cautioned by referee Anthony Taylor in the 23rd minute of the 12th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) match between his ‘hometown’ club Man City and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London, England on September 13.토토사이트
A foul on Marc Cucurella earned City a penalty. Palmer was caught on camera walking toward the penalty spot and tampering with the spot with his foot. Referee Taylor saw this and showed Palmer a yellow card.
The Chelsea fans were furious. Just three weeks earlier, Blues diva Alejandro Garnacho had received no warning for similar behavior during a Champions League home game against Copenhagen.
According to the British newspaper The Sun, fans reacted by saying, “Palmer is a warning, Garnacho got away with the same behavior twice,” “How is this a warning?” and “Anthony Taylor is awful.”
Palmer’s efforts were for naught as Elling Holland’s penalty went straight into the net.
Palmer didn’t finish the game as a mere “villain. With his team trailing 3-4, he took a penalty opportunity in the fifth minute of stoppage time and rattled the net with a sharp shot into the corner of the net. The game ended in a 4-4 draw.
After failing to capitalize on his chances at City, Palmer has already scored four goals for Chelsea this season (9 games). All four have come from the penalty spot, making him Chelsea’s new ‘penalty specialist’.
Chelsea scored four goals in the second game in a row following their 4-1 win over Tottenham.
With four points from two games, the Blues are in 10th place with 16 points. Man City remained at the top with 27 points.