Subscribe: Weekly Football Phrase

Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we take a look at the verbal phrase ‘To Award a Penalty‘. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s football phrase is To award a penalty, which occurs when a referee makes a decision to give a penalty to a team. The referee usually awards a penalty when the defending side commits a foul in the penalty area, such as handball or a bad tackle. In this week’s Champions League quarter-final game between Chelsea and Benfica the referee awarded a penalty to the London side after a Benfica player was adjudged to have fouled Chelsea’s Ashley Cole. To award a penalty.

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