I took a short video last Wednesday (01-02-17). I wanted to slow it down and have a look at walking styles. I’d just like to add that I’m no expert in this field, I used LightWorks for the slow motion and my own personal judgement.
We all now know that the difference between walking and running is that fact that when you run, both feet, at some point in your stride, are off the ground.
You’d think that it would be easy to spot, in reality, it isn’t. Watching the video at normal speed, I didn’t think anyone was running, however, when it was slowed down, I spotted three people running. I had to replay over and over to confirm that all three players did indeed run. It happened quickly and all three players were in no way in the same league as Usain Bolt. No, this was over one or two paces at most, how on earth a referee (qualified or not) is meant spot this is beyond me.
It’s not about how how quickly the player the moves, it’s about walking and keeping one foot on the ground whilst you do it. Just because you think someone is running, doesn’t mean they are. We are in a good position because we all know each other and the banter is good. We also accept the referee’s decision and just get on with it. I hope that we take this attitude into any future tournaments or friendly matches that we may be involved in.
As a footnote – Darin Bell’s attempt did cross the line and should have counted.