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Defender under pressure kicks the ball back towards the keeper who uses his hands to pick the ball up just barely inside the penalty area ahead of the hard charging attacker. The ball was being vigorously pursued by the attacking player who had pressured the kick in the first place. The referee stops play and signals an indirect free kick. The keeper upset spikes the ball (which bounces towards the attacker) and keeper is arguing vehemently with the referee. The attacker spots the ball a yard or so outside the penalty area and quickly kicks the ball to an onside team mate who scores. The referee cautions the keeper and is pointing towards the centre indicating kick off!
The nearest AR is standing silently at the touchline at about 6 yards from the goal line shaking his head. The furthest AR also comes over. The referee converses with the ARs. The nearest AR says the attacker who pressured the pass had it glance off his foot when he tried to intercept the original pass before the keeper used his hands. The furthest AR says well if it was an indirect free kick for illegal handling, that restart location was outside the penalty area. Your match, your decision, your reputation!

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