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Question Number: 21777

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/12/2009

RE: All Other

Todd of Houston, TX USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 21025

When Ref Maloney says 'Sometimes we don't, as the ball is making it's way into the back of the net, at the moment the attacker is chopped down. Swallow the whistle, allow the goal, send off the chopper - all is well', would the send off she speaks of be for serious foul play or violent conduct, or could it also be for DOGSO, even though the goal was scored?

Answer provided by Referee Debbie Hoelscher

It would not be DOGSO for the very reason you state. The goal was scored, therefore the obvious goal-scoring opportunity was NOT denied. The referee then would have to decide if, while making a play for the ball a foul was committed (meaning, was the ball still in play at the time the defender got his opponent? -- thus SFP. Or if the ball had already crossed the goal line and was out of play (making it a misconduct and not a foul) or that the contact made, was not a foul committed whilst making a play for the ball -- thus VC.

It's probably a toss up between the two, and a case could be argued either way.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Since a goal has been scored there can be no send off for DOGSO. It would have to be either for violent conduct or serious foul play.

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