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Penalties – Football Language Podcast: 2021-22 Season West Ham vs Manchester United

In this football language podcast we look at phrases linked to penalties from the West Ham versus Manchester United Premier League game from the weekend – we use a report from the Guardian newspaper to do this. You can read a transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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Penalties – Football Language Podcast: 2021-22 Season West Ham vs Manchester United

DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Languagecaster.com team – I hope you are all doing well. Now, on this short football language podcast, we look at some of the words and phrases connected to penalties from the West Ham versus Manchester United game. Manchester United star Ronaldo felt he should have had three penalties in his favour but the referee said no on each occasion, while the final incident of the game saw West Ham captain Mark Noble brought on as a substitute to take an injury-time penalty which he subsequently missed. So with all this drama in mind, we explain the expressions, ‘poorly struck shot‘ and ‘to turn down a penalty claim‘.

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Poorly Struck Shot

a poorly struck shot, too close to De Gea, that was batted away to the keeper’s left… (Guardian.co.uk, Sep 20 2021)
This part of the report describes how the West Ham captain Mark Noble missed a last-minute penalty because his shot was poorly struck – he struck or hit the ball badly and that was too near the keeper. The Manchester United keeper David De Gea, who had not saved a penalty in almost six years, cleared the ball away – he batted it away to his left – another way of saying this would be to palm or push the ball away. An amazing end to the game.

Turn down the penalty claim

Ronaldo …later had three penalty claims of varying extravagance turned down…
The other big talking point from the game involved, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo who felt he should have had three penalties all of which, however, were turned down – denied or waved away – by the referee. So, when a referee turns down a penalty claim it means they don’t award a penalty; the player is asking the referee, ‘is this a penalty?’ – that’s why we call it a claim. Some pundits felt that if the first two penalties had been awarded then they would have been seen as soft, however the final one could have been awarded and so we might use the phrase, ‘seen them given‘ which suggests that the decision could have gone either way. Ronaldo was not happy that the three penalty claims were all turned down.

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Good Bye

DF: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster.com – that message was in Irish. Don’t forget that there’s a transcript to this podcast and lots of vocab support which you can access by coming along to our site. OK, that’s it for this short podcast in which we looked at the phrases ‘turn the penalty down‘ and ‘poorly struck shot‘ both of which are connected to penalties from the West Ham and Manchester United game from last weekend. Don’t forget you can also come and find lots of football language on our site here at languagecaster.com. Enjoy all the football and we’ll see you again soon. Bye.

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