fergeThis week’s English for football phrase is the expression ‘to be denied‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.
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To be denied

This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be denied’, which can mean to be prevented from doing something. So, for example, the striker was denied a certain goal means that his or her shot was saved or blocked by the keeper or the defender. If a team were denied a point or denied a win it probably means that they were unlucky not to draw or win the game but they were prevented from doing so by someone or something like a bad decision or bad luck. In last weekend’s Premier League matches, Hull City were denied a point when Spurs scored a disputed penalty to claim the win. This means that Hull had played well and probably deserved to draw the game but something prevented them from doing this – a harsh penalty decision in this case. They were denied a point. To be denied.

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