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Question Number: 32334

Law 1- The Field 3/25/2018

RE: Other

taha of muscat, oman asks...

If goal poles crashed down and striker shoot the ball in said the area used to be the goal is the ball counted as a goalball

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

This is a very serious incident and it should not happen. The game must be stopped immediately so no goal is possible.
The restart is a dropped ball when the goal frame is fixed and secured properly.
A goal is the least concern given the possibility that the frame can come crashing down on a player which should not happen.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi taha,
The safety of the players would not permit the goal to occur if the goal posts or crossbar became dislodged. The CR would blow for stoppage immediately. The match could not continue unless the goals were safely secured. The fact the goals could so easily come apart during play means they were not checked properly prior to play. One of the duties of the officials is to ensure the field area is safe to play with proper markings . The correct restart would be a drop ball from where the ball was at the time of the stoppage the two teams can decide themselves if it will be contested or not.

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