- Jan 31, 2015
- Reaction score
I think it's useful shorthand because it does imply the denial of a clear chance. I know it's not 'the law' but from a descriptive point of view it differentiates that sort of foul from, say, a handball on the line, which would also be denying a clear goalscoring opportunity
I disagree that it is a good description. What if you get Matt Rhead breaking through the last man on the half way line and you have Vincent Kompany chasing him and tripping him over? He probably would have tackled him anyway and in this case the two terms wouldn't be interchangeable. Similarly what if a defending player is the last man but he's pushing the striker very wide?