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The red keeper had been warned earlier by the AR and the referee for stepping outside his area while holding on to the ball. This time he had blatantly carried the ball in his hands almost all the way to the keeper's top left of the penalty arc, almost 22 yards in front of goal before releasing the ball from his hands and punting it down field. The referee correctly awards a DFK. The red defenders were making a wall at about the penalty mark straight across. One blue attacker decides to stand behind the wall in the goal area, 1 yard from the goal line, three yards inside the keeper's left post. The keeper is understandably agitated that the blue player is standing directly in front of him, 3 feet from the middle of goal. The keeper is standing directly in behind him, arguing that he has no business being there, while the attacker replies he can stand there if he wants, it is not an offence to be offside! The blue kicker seizes this opportunity spots the ball near the top of the penalty arc and kicks it without any signal into the more open right side of the goal. The blue PIOP player does absolutely nothing; he simply stands there and smiles as the ball goes in. The keeper is outraged saying there was no signal and that his vision was blocked by the offside attacker. Your call is?
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