The rule, or norm as purists prefer, del benefit, is a cornerstone of the football game regulation that can be summarized in a simple concept but sometimes of complicated application: if what happens within a couple of seconds after an infringement is more advantageous for the attacker than the sanction of the infringement, he lets himself play. Now, before we dive into the discussed episode of Juve-Roma, we remember what the regulation states more extensively:
“The referee must allow the game to continue in the presence of an infringement, in obvious cases where he believes that interrupting it would give the team that committed the infringement an advantage. If the alleged advantage does not materialize immediately (within 1-2 seconds), the referee will stop the game and punish the initial infringement. Whether he interrupts the game or not, the referee, if necessary, will still have to take any disciplinary sanction of the case.