Ian Wright Wants Midfielder’s Penalty Technique Banned

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has called for the disbandment of Bruno Fernandes’ penalty technique.

The Portuguese playmaker’s only goal was the difference on Saturday evening, November 21, as United downed struggling West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Bruno found the back of the net in the second half of the match from the penalty spot after Darnell Furlong was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

But the goal was marred with controversy as the attacking midfielder had to score on his second attempt after Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone saved the previous one.

Centre referee David Coote ordered the spot-kick retaken because Johnstone was thought to have moved from the goal line when Fernandes wanted to shoot the ball.

The midfielder went on to slot home his second attempt to earn United their first Premier League home win of the season.

However, it is his style of taking the penalty that has elicited mixed reactions, with Wright calling for a change in the law to address the issue.

The technique involves a bit of stuttering run-up and jump before shooting the ball, making it difficult for the goalkeeper to time and attempt a save.

Manchester Evening News quoted Wright saying:

“It is [difficult for goalkeepers]. And then you’ve got forwards jumping up, doing this, doing that sort of stuff and the goalie can’t move his foot off,”

“They should stop people jumping. They should have to make a full. Just run at the ball and hit it. If they can move and the goalies can’t, that’s not fair.”

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