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Question Number: 22876

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/27/2010

RE: Adult

Derek of Los Altos Hills, California USA asks...

In Rugby Union, it is common for players receiving a line-out to lift each other to get better access to the ball. This never seems to happen during a Soccer throw-in. I checked the FIFA laws and could find no rule against it. Is it allowed? If not, where is it written?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Derek
This is not allowed and it is viewed as unsporting behaviour. The player will be cautioned and the restart is an indirect free kick to the opponents.
There are many facets of the game that are not written down. The spirit of the game is that players use their own abilities to play without resorting to 'being assisted' by another player.
Indeed in Rugby Union lifting in the line out and elsewhere was not allowed since its inception and players had to use their own jumping ability to win the ball. Because so many players were 'assisted' subtley, as once up in the air they could be touched, was decided to make it legal.

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Answer provided by Referee Steve Montanino

Though I've never seen it written in any specific place, we do not allow it and it is considered a form of unsporting behavior.

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