In Ted Richards (ed.), Soccer and Philosophy. Open Court. pp. 319-326 (2010)

Robert Northcott
Birkbeck, University of London
In this book chapter written for a popular audience, I discuss classic issues surrounding luck, determinism and probability in the context of the penalty shoot-outs used in football’s World Cup. Can it ever make objective sense to blame an outcome on bad luck? I go on to discuss whether we can legitimately pin the blame on any one factor at all, such as a referee. This takes us into issues surrounding the apportioning of causal responsibility.
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