You know there’s a major tournament when there are football themed adverts on our TV screens.
These adverts usually feature Geoff Hurst, living off something he did 46 years ago. I’m yet to see a football cash-in advert featuring Martin Peters. He scored in the 1966 World Cup Final too you know.
The most high profile one is for Mars, featuring a scenario where England face Holland in a penalty shoot-out.
In it, England’s goalkeeper gets injured, and a supporter lives the dream, coming in to take his place and be a hero, but it raises a few questions and points that need answering.
1. YOU CAN’T MALE A SUBSTITUTION DURING A PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
If a goalkeeper gets injured, they can’t bring on a substitute. What happens now is that an outfield player would have to go into nets.
2. REPLACEMENT KEEPER NOT IN MATCHDAY SQUAD
It may be dreamlike for a supporter to come in from the stand to play, but sadly, the rules of foootball deny it. Only players named in the matchday squad can play. Unless of course, he was named in England’s squad, but was moonlighting as a paramedic, which is not beyond reason.
3. GOALKEEPER’S ATTIRE
Our hero jumps on the pitch wearing an England top and jeans. Sadly, FIFA do not allow the wearing of jeans in a professional football match. They may allow tights and under armour, but jeans are strictly forbidden.
Also, he is wearing a watch. This is not allowed under FIFA’s rules, like ear-rings, on health and safety grounds.
Holland’s goalkeeper is in the penalty are when their players take each penalty. He should be outside the box when a penalty is being taken. The referee should have ensured this was the case.
He has the power to have the kick retaken, but technically, this would be rewarding Holland for their foul play.
5. LACK OF UNITY IN ENGLAND SQUAD
Only three players are seen celebrating with the goalkeeper. Where is the rest of the team?
I’m guessing they are refusing to celebrate with him in protest at his behaviour.
6. ENGLAND’S PENALTIES
We only see Holland not scoring their penalties, yet don’t see any England penalties.
Are we to assume that they scored all of theirs and win 3-0?
7. ENGLAND WINNING A PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
Come on now …….. that’s just far fetched.