The Bundesliga’s officiating committee published a report on Tuesday claiming that it had spotted 15 infractions on stopped penalty kicks during the 2021/22 campaign.
As part of a “zero tolerance” campaign against such infractions, new review protocols have been announced.
It’s not clear how well these new protocols will over with the fans. The rule tying the keeper to his line remains controversial in that infractions involving millimeters generally aren’t something that spectators care about when the net-minder is already placed at an extreme disadvantage during a spot kick.
League watchers and keepers alike will nevertheless have to become accustomed to more improbable penalty saves being negated because of such infractions. In announcing these new strict protocols, the DFB insisted that “uniform interpretations must be applied.”