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Question Number: 26986

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/6/2012

RE: rec Adult

alex of richmond hill, ontario canada asks...

This question is a follow up to question 26961

If I read the advices given correctly, then it is usb if the player goes to the ground after contact even if the player should be able to keep going?
Also what about a player stop playing and just stand there looking at the referee (looking for a foul) after a challenge from an opponent. Is that also worthy of a yellow card?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Alex
What is being said that if the contact is not deserving of a foul and that the player has tried to decieve the referee into awarding a foul then that is USB.
There has been some great examples in the Premier league in the last few weeks were players looked for the foul on the basis of the slightest of contact and the players were cautioned.
The referee also has to consider whether the player looked for the foul or whether there was slight contact followed by say a slip/ fall yet the player got on with play. That is not USB
If the player feels that he has been fouled and he simply stands there then IMO that is not USB either. The gesture could be considered dissent but generally play continues and unless there is a follow up from the player through verbals it is best to ignore.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham


Players go down all the time. Where there has been contact, followed by embellishment, a caution is rarely necessary to manage the game and the players unless the player is trying to deceive the referee into cautioning the opponent by exaggerating the severity of a foul.

The referee is well advised to ignore players who are glaring. 'She was looking at me' rarely works as a good reason for a caution.

A wise referee does the least that is necessary for match control. (But, note, sometimes the least that is necessary is still a send off or caution.)

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