Seen them given

The football phrase ‘I’ve seen them given’ is used when it looks like the referee might give a penalty but decides not to. This is when TV or radio commentators use the phrase – ‘I’ve seen them given’ meaning they would not have been surprised if the referee had given a penalty. There is a further nuance. A person who says ‘Seen them given’, perhaps also feels it would be a ‘soft’ penalty, perhaps an unfair one.

  • Example: The referee turned down the penalty appeal but I have definitely seen those given.
  • Example: The manager complained that his team had not been given a penalty during the game despite the fact that he had seen them given before.

 

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