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Kai Havertz penalty disallowed leaving some fans baffled

Kai Havertz penalty disallowed leaving some fans baffled

Havertz had his goal disallowed as Germany started their preparations for Euro 2024 with a win over Peru in a friendly game.

Kai Havertz was once again at the centre of an interesting penalty decision, after the forward hit the post during Germany's friendly on Saturday night.

It seems that Havertz and penalties don't have the greatest relationship, even if the forward does continue to be the designated taker for club and country.

The 23-year-old was right in the middle of some controversy at the beginning of the month, as Chelsea beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Havertz hit the post with his spot kick in that game but it was ordered to be re-taken by the referee, after encroachment by a defender from the Bundesliga side.

Jude Bellingham wasn't happy the penalty was re-taken, with Havertz scoring from the second attempt and knocking Dortmund out.

The former Bayer Leverkusen forward then found out he couldn't win, after his manager at Stamford Bridge wasn't happy with him for scoring a penalty in a recent game against Everton, after his over the top celebration.

And on Saturday, the 23-year-old was back on penalty duty, this time for Germany, and once again things didn't go according to plan.

He once again hit the attempt against the post, before putting it on the rebound, only for the referee to rightly disallow the goal.

From his reaction, Havertz clearly knew the rules read, "The kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player," but that clearly wasn't the case for all the fans watching.

"I've been watching football for over 40 years and this is the first time I've see this happen," claimed one fan.

"No retake?" questioned a second.

A third replied, "I’ve never heard of this rule."

"I don’t really get it but ok," posted a fourth.

Havertz after his missed penalty. Image: Alamy
Havertz after his missed penalty. Image: Alamy

However, that wasn't the only issue that those watching had with Havertz's penalty, with many questioning why he was even taking it.

Niclas Fullkrug, who became Germany's hero at the World Cup for a brief moment, scored twice in the first half to give his side the lead.

The Werder Bremen forward was still on the pitch when Havertz hit his penalty against the post, and then didn't wait for someone else to touch it, so could have been given the opportune chance to score a hat-trick.

Germany are only playing friendlies at the moment, whilst the rest of Europe are involved in qualifiers, as they are hosting Euro 2024.

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Topics: Football, Germany, Kai Havertz, Chelsea