^^^ oh I totally agree. Just saying it wouldn't be the first time we get a wacky interpretation of something from a CO found one though its (lol) not the situation exactly. It's a classic Hackett answer too. Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler If it's a competitive game, you have to abandon it. It might seem sensible to allow a team-mate to steady the ball, but the laws prevent team-mates being inside the area when a penalty is taken. There's also no provision in the laws for the taker improvising a way to stick the ball to the spot (with sand, for instance). It's a tough position to be in, but you have to call it off. Thanks to Jack Walker.