United's iPod hero Foster broke no rules watching Spurs penalties on video

02 March 2009 03:56
Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster will face no disciplinary action from the Football Association for "iPodgate." Foster broke no Football Association rules by studying Tottenham penalties before the shootout in the Carling Cup final yesterday on his iPod. Man of the Match Foster admitted that before the shootout he looked at previous Spurs penalties on his iPod which showed Jamie O'Hara's effort going to the goalkeeper's left. Foster dived to his left to save O'Hara's kick while also stopping efforts from Aaron Lennon and Darren Bent. An FA spokesman said: "He broke no laws of the game and as far as we are concerned we don't have a problem with it." TV monitors have been taken from dug-outs and it is against the laws for a match official to consult with video evidence before a decision is made. Foster, 26, revealed how he was able to study O'Hara's spot-kick technique on the Wembley pitch minutes before the shootout began. Foster said: 'Just before the shoot-out I was looking at an iPod with goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and it contained images of Tottenham's players taking penalties. 'They told me for Jamie O'Hara that I should stand up and be strong and he would probably go the way he did. 'I had done a lot of research before, but this is an innovation we have brought in at the club.' Sportsmail's refereeing expert Graham Poll cast doubt on the legality of using the iPod technology but said it had the potential to exploit a loophole in the laws which should be referred to FIFA. The FA plan to clarify with FIFA whether or not any offence may have been committed. Foster made crucial saves from Aaron Lennon and Darren Bent to ensure United reached a penalty shootout. Foster then saved O'Hara's opening kick and, after David Bentley missed for Spurs, Anderson's strike secured the trophy for United. Fourth official Luis Medina Cantelejo denied watching a replay of Zinedane Zidane head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final before informing the referee what the France captain, who was subsequently sent-off, had done. Foster was not looking at anything that occurred during the final. At the 2006 World Cup Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had a crib sheet of Argentina penalties in a sock which he referred to before each South American spot-kick during the shootout. Boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'We would have lost without Ben Foster. 'He's made some terrific saves for us. Foster celebrates after his penalty save from Jamie O'Hara helped united to their second trophy of the season 'Tottenham probably had the best chances of the match but they didn't manage to score.' Foster is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford after two knee injuries and a broken finger robbed him of his chance to oust current No 1 Edwin van der Sar. Ferguson added: 'Ben is the future but Edwin is the present. 'I'm sure that Ben will go on to be England's regular goalkeeper if he can steer clear of injuries. 'It takes a lot of mental strength to come back from cruciate knee injuries and you have to have something special inside you to do that.'

Source: Daily_Mail