Juve-Roma ref controversy: Mkhitaryan passed the ball to Abraham with his hand

by | Oct 17, 2021 21:38

Daniele Orsato blew the whistle too early to award Roma a penalty kick against Juventus, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan passed the ball to his teammate with a hand. So we take a look at what the new handball rule says.

There was controversy close to half time as Orsato awarded Roma a spot kick after that Tammy Abraham had put the ball inside the net.

Trouble is, Jordan Veretout failed to convert it, causing even more debate.

The referee went against the guidelines stating referees and linesmen are urged to hold off on blowing the whistle until the move has completed.

However, looking closely at the replay, you can see Mkhitaryan passing the ball to Abraham with his hand after Wojciech Szczesny brought him down.

The new rule states that when a handball is leading up to a goal, it doesn’t matter if it’s intentional or not.

Regarding the handball, here’s what the IFAB stated ruled before the Euros last summer:

“Touches the ball with their hand/arm when it has made their body unnaturally bigger. A player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation.

“By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised;


– scores in the opponents’ goal:

– directly from their hand/arm, even if accidental, including by the goalkeeper; or

– immediately after the ball has touched their hand/arm, even if accidental.

“Accidental handball that leads to a team-mate scoring a goal or having a goal-scoring opportunity will no longer be considered an offence.”

Orsato had already blown his whistle when Mkhitaryan touched the ball, but it remains to see whether or not it was intentional.



    You can always learn new rules in Juve’s game and Juve benefits from it 🤷‍♂️

  2. Burky

    Jesus, everything Mkntharian did was intentional. The guy leaps like Michael Jackson to give the impression is fouled and the hand(when you want to retrieve it) takes out speed from the speed velocity of the ball, yet He looked to rather hit it like a voleyball player. These are Actors at it’s finest not football players.

    Thank God karma did justice and Veretout could’nt score.

  3. Josh

    @burky what karma? Roma deserved at least a draw… Juventus is a finished team this year and I’d be amazed if they finish in Top 4

  4. Shamer

    @burky: actors? I’ve seen more better actors in Moggi and Juventus when they did calciopoli

  5. gi-Al-lorossi

    Do the rules not also state that the player who conceded the penalty should be sent off if they make no attempt to play the ball? Szczesny should have walked since he deliberately threw his thigh up to foul Mkhitaryan once he had chipped the ball over him.

  6. Dude

    It didn’t hit the hand of Mhikitaryan, just watch the situation in slow motion instead of a out of context frame. It’s a bit embarrassing that you made an article of this

  7. calciopoli roma

    roma ALWAYS get referee help, especially in totti & ddr era. but then they still lose. lol


    @Josh Finished? Is this the first time you see Allegri’s Juve? Don’t be surprised if they win the league at the end with +20 uninspired 1-0 wins.

    @Shamer Do a research to find out who actually was behind the Calciopoli and what exactly happened instead of believing that Juventus were bribing referees etc. Just to give you an example, Juventus had little to do with it. Moggi was communicating with referees asking for certain yellow cards or offsides but that was only for 3 matches, only one of them being a Juventus match and the other two were between some small teams (one of them was a Serie B match iirc). And for the Juve match, he asked the referee to allow an offside goal for the opposing team! All that info from the tapes and phone calls are released but media just ignores it.

  9. Huy Hieu

    Orsato blew the whistle right after Mkhitaryan has been down (messo giu), so the handball can’t be considered this situation.

  10. kunz

    @Shamer You haven’t seen and heard enough then young man. All clubs were always in contact with referees also, but everyone just wanted Juve to suffer. I’m so sorry that we always won back then.

  11. NJK

    This is typical Roma. Complaining even when they get a penalty. No matter what the ref gives them, they still want more. A bunch of crying babies. Always were, always willing be. And @Shamer, bringing up calciopoli, really? It was twenty years ago. Get over it.


    It seems like Rubentus fans will never learn, they just try to clean their image on & on like the saudis nowadays buying football clubs

  13. JuveIndia

    @josh and ppl who say Roma deserved a draw…with scoreline being 1-0, Roma need atleast 1 goal for a draw. Did they get that 1 goal? answer is big NO. so no, Roma didn’t deserve a draw and Juve deserve to win by scoring that goal. Roma fans be like “Roma got a penalty??? lets complain!!”

    zip it.

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