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Question Number: 20970

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/13/2009

RE: N/a Adult

Phiwa of Richards Bay, South Africa asks...

When is stripping while celebrating an offense?

Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney


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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Here's what the Laws Of The Game have to say:

Celebration of a goal
While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal
has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive.
Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed
celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive timewasting
and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases.
A player must be cautioned if:
? in the opinion of the referee, he makes gestures which are
provocative, derisory or infl ammatory
? he climbs on to a perimeter fence to celebrate a goal being
? he removes his shirt or covers his head with his shirt.
? he covers his head or face with a mask or other similar item

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

As soon as your jersey goes above your face it is obligatory for the referee to book you. There is no choice in the matter. Further, if you raise your jersey and expose writing that is in any way obtuse the competition authority is obligated to take action against your club.


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