So, in one of the strangest moments of the World Cup, it raced back to the center circle after one of Harry Kane’s two penalties and tried to restart the game before any of England’s players were back in their own half:
— Mayes (@MayesTouabi) June 24, 2018
This, obviously, is not allowed. The ref shut down Panama’s faux counterattack. Panamanian players, for some reason, seemed frustrated.
Perhaps they had been fooled by video that made the rounds on social media earlier in the World Cup. Portugal’s celebrations of Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick led to talk of a supposed rule that if all outfield players leave the field to celebrate – which England’s players did – the opposing team is allowed to kick off right then and there.
During Cristiano’s hat-trick celebration, all Portuguese players were celebrating with him except one who had to stay inside the pitch as FIFA states if all ‘outfield players’ are off the pitch during celebrations, opposing team can kickoff the game. pic.twitter.com/u8ewWV3Zz6
— The Football Arena (@BantsFootballFC) June 18, 2018
That rule is non-existent. It’s unclear where social media users got it from. FIFA’s rules state that “all players, except the player taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field of play” at kickoff. There is no special stipulation when all players are off the field entirely.
So it’s not quite clear why Panama thought it would be able to do this. A few players seemed to be convinced they could catch England unaware. They were wrong.
Weirdly – if my memory serves me correctly – it’s not the first time Panama has tried this. I recall Los Canaleros trying this in a 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal against the United States, after Kenny Cooper converted a penalty in extra time. It wasn’t allowed then. It wasn’t allowed Sunday. And there’s no reason it’d be allowed in the future.
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