Handball Rule

Handball rule - how many penalties have been given in 20/21?

The introduction of the new handball rule has seen players penalised for just the slightest infringement

1:00pm on Monday 23rd November 2020
Martin Macdonald

The 2020/21 season around Europe has seen an increase in penalties given around the top leagues.

The reason for this? The new handball rule.

Now, players can be penalised for the slightest touch of the ball to the hand, no matter the situation, their body shape, or whether it was intentional.

After seeing his side concede a penalty against Everton to lose 2-1, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said what a lot of people were thinking; the handball rule is "nonsense".

"It's completely unacceptable. It's destroying my enjoyment of the game of football," he continued.

"I can't understand how everyone in the game - the Premier League, referees, managers and coaches - have allowed this rule to come into operation.

"I don't want to profit from it or lose from it."

There is certainly a lot more scrutiny on decisions nowadays due to VAR, while the handball rule seems so ridiculous that any decision penalty given for one is also highlighted more than other decisions.

So, within the top four leagues so far, here is what has led to every penalty decision so far:

Premier League PENALTIES

2020/21 SO FAR

TeamDate GivenMatchCause of Pen
Liverpool12 Sept 2020Liverpool 4-3 LeedsHandball (Robin Koch)
Crystal Palace19 Sept 2020Man Utd 1-3 PalaceHandball (Victor Lindelof)
Southampton20 Sept 2020Southampton 2-5 TottenhamHandball (Matt Doherty)
Man Utd26 Sept 2020Brighton 2-3 Man UtdHandball (Neap Maupay)
Everton26 Sept 2020Palace 1-2 EvertonHandball (Joel Ward)
Newcastle27 Sept 2020Tottenham 1-1 NewcastleHandball (Eric Dier)
Fulham18 Oct 2020Sheff Utd 1-1 FulhamHandball (Jack Robinson)
Leicester8 Nov 2020Leicester 1-0 WolvesHandball (Max Kilman)
Man City8 Nov 2020Man City 1-1 LiverpoolHandball (Joe Gomez)
Man Utd21 Nov 2020Man Utd 1-0 West BromHandballl (Darnell Furlong)

Out of the 43 penalties awarded in the Premier League so far this season, 10 have been for handball.


2020/21 SO FAR

TeamDate GivenMatchCause of Pen
R. Sociedad3 Oct 2020R. Sociedad 3-0 GetafeHandball (Mathias Olivera)
R. Sociedad25 Oct 2020R. Sociedad 4-1 HuescaHandball (Pablo Maffeo)
Valencia8 Nov 2020Valencia 4-1 Real MadridHandball (Lucas Vaquez)
Valencia8 Nov 2020Valencia 4-1 Real MadridHandball (Sergio Ramos)
Barcelona8 Nov 2020Barcelona 5-2 BetisHandball (Aissa Mandi)
Villarreal30 Sept 2020Villarreal 1-1 HuescaHandball (Pablo Maffeo)
Atletico31 Oct 2020Osasuna 1-3 AtleticoHandball (Oier Sanjurjo)
Levante27 Sept 2020Osasuna 1-3 LevanteHandball (Raul Navas)
Eibar2Valladolid 1-2 EibarHandball (Jawad El Yamiq)
EibarEibar 0-1 ElcheHandball (Pere Milla)
R. Madrid26 Sept 2020Betis 2-3 Real MadridHandball (Marc Bartra)
R. Madrid24 Oct 2020Barcelona 1-3 Real MadridFoul (Clement Lenglet)
Betis20 Sept 2020Betis 2-0 ValladolidHandball (Oscar Plano)
Elche6 Nov 2020Elche 1-1 AthleticHandball (Hugo Mallo)

Out of the 42 penalties awarded in La Liga so far this season, 14 have been for handball.

This is, by some distance, the largest of the elite leagues in Europe.


2020/21 SO FAR

TeamDate GivenMatchCause of Pen
Roma27 Sept 2020Roma 2-2 JuventusHandball (Adrien Rabiot)
Sassuolo3 Oct 2020Sassuolo 4-1 CrotoneHandball (Simy)
Sassuolo1 Nov 2020Napoli 0-2 SassuoloHandball (Giovanni Di Lorenzo)
Sampdoria24 Oct 2020Atalanta 1-3 SampdoriaHandball (Johan Mojica)
Juventus27 Sept 2020Roma 2-2 JuventusHandball (Lorenzo Pellegrini)
Juventus1 Nov 2020Spezia 1-4 JuventusHandball (Paolo Bartolomei)
Lazio1 Nov 2020Torino 3-4 LazioHandball (Nicolas N'Koulou)

Out of the 27 penalties awarded in Serie A so far this season, seven have been for handball.

Bundesliga PENALTIES

2020/21 SO FAR

TeamDate GivenMatchCause of Pen
Gladbach24 Oct 2020Mainz 2-3 GladbachHandball (Moussa Niakhate)
RB Leipzig3 Oct 2020RB Leipzig 4-0 SchalkeHandball (Matija Nastasic)
Hoffenheim8 Nov 2020W'burg 2-1 HoffenheimHandball (Maxence Lacroix)
Werder Bremen6 Nov 2020Bremen 1-1 KolnHandball (Elvis Rexhbecaj)
Leverkusen26 Oct 2020Leverkusen 3-1 A'burgHandball (R. Framberger)
Stuttgart30 Oct 2020Schalke 1-1 StuttgartHandball (Salif Sane)

Out of the 33 penalties awarded in the Bundesliga so far this season, six have been for handball.

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