This is because there are two false assumptions underpinning it.Firstly, that any player on the ground is in need of treatment.Who on earth knows what a natural position is when you're sliding in at 100 miles an hour or jumping to head the ball.Was Daley Blind's arm unnaturally positioned as John Terry struck at goal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday? A solution is hard to come by but it seems to me that a blanket every-instance-of-hand-touching-ball might be the best answer, with destination of the ball the deciding factor.
Then he lay back, shimmied onto a stretcher and was carried to the locker room.Unless he is Luis Suarez, the answer is very, very rarely indeed.The excuse "his hand is in a natural position" is also used - but what does that even mean?!It was the sort of twist that can — that should — define an entire match. Portugal, faced with the loss of its leader and its motor and its man who is always in lights, did not wither or wilt or wobble.Instead, the Portuguese dug in, carried the match into extra time and — with Ronaldo hobbling up and down the sideline — stunned France with a goal in the 109th minute, beating the hosts, 1-0, to claim Portugal’s first major soccer trophy.
If referees are too squeamish to stop an attack in full-flow, then either let play continue while players get treatment, or appoint a neutral doctor with the authority to stop play. "He hasn't moved his hands towards the ball", "it's ball-to-hand", "it's not deliberate", they say in an offender's defence.