SEATTLE— Referee Mark Geiger addressed his decision to award a penalty kick to the LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane after LA advanced to the MLS Cup Final on a 4-2 aggregate victory.
Below is an excerpt from Geiger, who was asked about the difference of the decision to award a penalty to Keane for a handball on Adam Johansson as opposed to his decision to not award a penalty to Mike Magee for an apparent hand ball by Seattle's Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
“The hand was in an unnatural playing position, and he was making himself bigger by taking space. His arms were outside of his body. [Jhon Kennedy] Hurtado’s arm was next to his body, he was not making himself bigger, and this was a case of “ball-to-hand.”