Norwegian referee gives penalty for a handball 2.7m outside the 18-yard box

While the VAR-assisted penalty decisions continue to baffle us every week in the Premier League, things went beyond the pale in the Eliteserien last night.

The Norwegian top division of football saw one of the worst refereeing decisions ever when a handball which took place around 3 meters outside the box was adjudged to be a penalty.

Viking beats Rosenborg for the first time in 15 years and you could feel the norse gods were on their side as they were gifted a penalty in the 9th minute of the game.

Referee Kai Erik Steen pointed to the penalty mark after Rosenborg defender Tore Reginiussen had handled the ball, albeit 2.7 meters outside the penalty box according to broadcasters Eurosport.

Rosenborg players were rightly furious as Reginiussen repeatedly called out the referee to change the decision.

Viking went on to win the match 3-0 at the SR-Bank Arena.

Eliteserien is one of the few top flights division in Europe who have opted against using VAR to improve the game for now as the Norges Fotballforbund deemed it was too early for them and needed more time for technical preparations before they implement the technology.


By Surjit Patowary

Extremely passionate, detail-oriented when it comes to football. Obsessed with the news. Fact-checking is life!

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