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Question Number: 28229

Law 5 - The Referee 3/3/2014

RE: Training Adult

Lazar Savic of Melbourne, Victoria Australia asks...

Which of these falls under a referee's powers and duties.

(1) Show the Red card to team officials in the Technical Area guilty of abuse

(2) Ensure that no unauthorised person enters the field of play

(3) Act as timekeeper

(4) Refuse to allow a player to play as you know the player is suspended

(5) Ignore a foul committed by a player who is just getting his own back

(6) Stop the match to allow treatment of a player you believe to be slightly injured

(7) Take disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable or send off

I was sure it was 1,2,3,4 & 7

Please help

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

The answer is 2, 3 and 7.
These type of online quizzes can be unhelpful.
For instance a referee can remove technical staff for abuse and acting in an irresponsible manner. The process does not require a red card to be shown.
In addition it is not the referee's duty to enforce suspensions. That is up to the club to manage.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

Ref McHugh lists the correct answers.

Regarding (1), some competitions have a rule that cards can be shown to team officials. But under the Laws of the Game, no card is shown. The coach is informed that his behavior will be reported (equivalent to a caution) or is dismissed from the field and its surrounds (equivalent to a send-off). And remember to report it using the words 'for not behaving in a responsible manner', as those are the only grounds in the Laws for dismissing a team official.

Regarding (4), you may remind the team that your report will show that Bubba Dismissed took part in the game, but you cannot prohibit him from doing so. When the league gets your report, Bubba will probably get an extended suspension, the game may be forfeit, and the team could be fined and/or lose points in the standings.

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