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That's my understanding as well Robin, although I did see a former ref claim
that serious foul play also falls into the bucket of things that can be awarded notwithstanding the offside flag.
Also, am getting annoyed by this "if it happened anywhere else on the pitch" argument.
i) people are comparing it with incidents where the ball was in play.
ii) I think part of the assessment of how intentional or even reckless a challenge is is an assessment of the technical skills of the player involved. If the Dutch Bobby Moore does a knee high challenge like Pickford's you can assume it was deliberate as he is better at tackling. As a keeper I think he gets more leeway as his tackling might just be inept. He still could be sent off absent the offside, but it isn't directly comparable.
A bad challenge and foul, yes, but all of that is negated by the offside flag. If VVD had been onside it would have been a penalty and probable yellow/possible red card.
It was reckless but an accident. Thatís all there is to it.
The whole thing is a nonsense.
...if they were to retrospectively punish JP against their own regulations (i.e. they only allow It if the ref missed it) then they'd have to do it for every other similar case from now on.