February 24, 2024

As video of the Everton victory over Crystal Palace is released, Richard Keys and Andy Gray respond in real time.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys have questioned whether Crystal Palace winger Eberechi Eze’s penalty against Everton should have stood.


At Selhurst Park, Eze tied the score shortly after Vitaliy Mykolenko had opened the scoring with a penalty kick he had won himself in the fifth minute for Palace.


The Palace ace misdirected Jordan Pickford with his signature stuttered run-up for the spot-kick, but Keys and Gray saw that he hesitated just before making contact with the ball.


Rewinding the video during beIN Sports’ live broadcast of the Premier League action on Saturday, November 11, at 15:49, Keys said, “Do you think that was all one movement?”


Keys retorted, “So did I,” to Gray’s “no, I thought he stopped.”


A player cannot unlawfully feint, according to Law 14 of the IFAB’s Laws of the Game, if Eze did halt before receiving the penalty.

To be fair, no one in Selhurst Park seemed to notice, with the main point of contention being whether Jarrad Branthwaite fouled Eze in the first place or not.


This might have been a subject for a little more in-depth investigation if Everton had not managed to hold on for the three points. But that is now moot because Idrissa Gueye went on to win.


Talk points were plentiful during the match at Selhurst Park, with this penalty call and its following conversion being just one of them.


The Everton players deserve all the credit for maintaining composure in the face of chaos and coming through with a late winner to continue their amazing run of play.

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