A hattrick in football is certified when a player scored three goals in a match regardless of the when, how he scored it.
This is not however the case in the German Bundesliga and the Austrian league.
In Germany and Austria, the term a hattrick is adjudged to have been scored by a player when he scores three goals in a row in one half without the half-time break
or a goal scored by another player interrupting the performance.
Which means a player must score all his 3 goals in either the first half or the second half.
Also he must score the three goals in a row without his team mates interrupting with a goal.
Jadon Sancho scored three goals at the weekend against Fortuna Dusseldorf. In football he has scored a hattrick but according to the Bundesliga rules, the hattrick is not counted.
Sancho scored in 57th, 74th and 90th in the 6-1 win but Archraf Hakimi (85th minute) and Marcel Schmelzer (89th minute) scored in between his goals thus making Sancho’s hattrick void.
He will eventually take home the match ball.
If this rules applies to all leagues, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and many other players might have most of their hattricks chopped off.
Even Edson Arantes de Nascimento aka Pele’s 92 hattricks will also be affected.
What a rule.