Did Ronaldo's handball merit a yellow card on Sunday? In red below are the latest version of the Laws of the Game from Fifa's website. Much as i dislike Ronaldo's histrionics and much as I like Howard Webb as a referee, I would have to say there has to be doubt over whether his offence meets either of these two criteria.
There are circumstances when a caution for unsporting behaviour
is required when a player deliberately handles the ball, e.g. when a
• deliberately and blatantly handles the ball to prevent an opponent
• attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball
Did he handle the ball to prevent an opponent getting it? Strange when all he had to do was head it down to score. Did he try to score Maradona-style by handballing? Didn't look like it.
The incident has thrown up considerable confusuon over when a yellow should be awarded for a handball.