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Question Number: 26591

Law 14 - Penalty kick 8/2/2012

RE: Rec Adult

Mitch of Ottawa, On Canada asks...

At the taking of a penalty kick a bird flies by gets hit by the ball, then the ball goes out because of it. The ball was going to go in net if it were not for the bird.

I say the restart is a re-take of the penalty kick.

Am I correct?



Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

After the kick has been taken, if the ball is touched by an outside agent as it moves forward: the kick is retaken. A bird is considered an outside agent.

Note: the referee doesn't care whether a goal was scored despite, or would have been scored but for, the bird. The kick is retaken.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Mitch
Under Law 3 when an outside agent interferes with play the referee must stop play and restart with a dropped ball. A bird, dog etc would be considered an outside agent. The referee can allow play to continue if there is no interference
However the penalty kick as outlined in Law 14 is entirely different in that, as Referee Wickham states, the penalty is retaken when the ball hits an outside agent as it goes forward only. It would make no difference if a goal was scored or not.
Referees should ensure that these unlikely situations do not happen and it is best to ensure that the goal area is clear of any spectators, dogs etc. as the kick is being prepared to be taken. Referees should not signal for the penalty kick until he is satisfied that all the conditions of Law 14 have been met.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

once the ball strikes the bird, we have a retake regardless where the ball goes

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