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Question Number: 26657

Law 6 - Assistant Referee 8/20/2012

RE: Competitive Under 18

Harris of Someplace, Somewhere Canada asks...

This question is a follow up to question 26641

I guess in this case I wasn't able to control the coach or calm him down. Would I then do nothing if he continues yelling across the field at the referee and the referee just chooses to ignore it?

I called the referee over once later on during the game due to further dissent but the referee scoffed at me and returned to the middle.

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

How old is the referee?

If she is a teenager, and you are an adult, you need to take action to protect the referee. Don't let an adult bully a child.

If she's an adult, you can only assist her to the extent she wants. If she chooses to ignore the coach, we both know that is a foolish decision. But, one the laws empower her to make. Let it go and focus on your other duties.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

If the CR has the experience and the ability to deal with the situation then I would ignore calling in to the referee by a coach. The referee can deal with the situation as he sees appropriate without the intervention of an assistant.
I would expect the referee though to deal with any offensive, insulting and abusive language that is directed at an assistant and brought to his attention.

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