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Watch: Extremely Rare Penalty Cock-Up Costs Leicester A Point At Manchester City

What has happened to Riyad Mahrez since last season?

Riyad Mahrez was on top of the world last May. PFA Player of the Year, Premier League champion, goals and assists galore.

He was the darling of the league and a target for most top clubs. This season, he has failed to reach those spectacular heights.

On Saturday against Manchester City a penalty miss summed up Mahrez’s season. Having weaved his way into the box, he was hacked down by Gael Clichy. Mahrez stepped up for the resultant spot kick, but things didn’t go to plan.

A closer look at exactly what went wrong.

Mahrez slipped while kicking the ball, but still managed to beat Willy Caballero in the City goal. However, while slipping, he seemed to kick the ball off his standing foot, resulting in two touches being taken. This, of course, is not allowed and the goal was correctly ruled out.

According to the Football Association’s rulebook:

After the penalty is taken properly, the ball may be played by any other player except the one who executed the penalty kick. The kicker may not play the ball again until it has been touched or played by another player on either team.

Technically, because his slipping standing foot struck the ball, after initial contact, Mahrez was deemed to have ‘played’ the ball twice. Terribly unlucky, but it seems to sum up the man’s season.

This also happened Bolo Zenden in the Carling Cup final against Bolton back in 2004. His was allowed to stand, though.

Check it out below.

Noel Ryan, Pundit Arena

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