Friday, May 20, 2011

Legal or not?

Take a look at the video clip below, or here.

Legal under the LOTG?

If yes, no problem.
If no, misconducts? Restart?

Please share your comments below.


  1. There is always something I've never seen, even after 30 years!

    They FEIGNED the accidental collision so I consider this a FEINT. If the pass through was to an on-side attacker and otherwise OK then the goal should stand (IMHO)

  2. Aside from the less than optimal position of the referee, I found myself replaying the clip numerous times in an effort to decide how to answer your question.
    After the 10th or so viewing, the following thought struck me: I am trying to pass judgment with the luxury of replay and no time restriction. Decision making time during a game is greatly curtailed, while we all know about the availability of replay…
    In the heat of the moment, it would be difficult to justify (or sell) carding any player for UB in this instance. Strip away the glamour, is this any different than one player stepping over the ball while the next one kicks it? Are they not both attempts at “tricking” the opponent?
    Coaches and players are always trying to find barely legal, innovative ways to get a leg up on their opponents, the difficulty arises for referees when a new way is introduced for the first time (this video clip) and the referee has little or no time to consider the legality of the incident.
    In this case, the only possible avenue I see for carding would be “simulating an injury”. Good luck selling that card. And what if one of the players you are about to caution already has a yellow card?

  3. I'm a little upset that this referee was only able to set the wall 8 yards from the ball on a field with 1 yard hash marks, but I digress. Unfairly distracts an opponent. Caution to both, IFK coming out.

  4. Anon,

    I'm with you there. It does not get any easier than refereeing on a football field to mark the 10 yards.