FIFA introduced the back-pass rule in 1992, so there should be no confusion over its interpretation, right? Wrong.
The referee officiating a recent Flamengo U17 fixture must have been especially harsh if goalkeeper Thiago thought his actions below were necessary.
Flamengo defender Caio Rangel panicked a little when the ball bounced near him on the halfway line facing his own goal, he had an opposition player closing him down but it was hardly the Danger Zone.
The 17-year-old walloped the ball high into the air and it was sailing into his own goal, with Thiago backpedalling furiously to get under it.
GMS don’t now about you, but we’re pretty sure it’s safe to say that Rangel wasn’t playing a deliberate back-pass, so Thiago’s spectacular headed clearance really was quite unnecessary.
Watch Flamengo U17 goalkeeper Thiago unnecessarily save a certain halfway line own goal with head below…
Props to 101GreatGoals for bringing it to our attention.