The new way to settle set-piece disputes
There are few sights on a football pitch that are more hilarious that grown men fighting over who takes a penalty or a free kick.
March 19th, 2012
After incidents at West Ham and, more recently, at Gigg Lane, the players at Bayern Munich have devised that a system that is only slightly less childish that an all-out squabble over the penalty spot – Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who would take a free-kick.
During their 6-0 thrashing of Hertha Berlin, Franck Ribery and Toni Kroos used the schoolyard game to end their disagreement. Former Chelsea man Arjen Robben acted as invigilator as the score was settled.
According to our researchers, the same method has been used by Ipswich Town’s Jimmy Bullard and Keith Andrews, as well as Borussia Monchengladbach duo Marco Reus and Mike Hanke.