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Question Number: 27909

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/21/2013

RE: Adult

DJR of Wokingham, Berkshire England asks...

Is it a foul if an attacking player taps away the ball when the goalkeeper is bouncing it and the attacker subsequently scores. As happened in the Chelsea v Cardiff match on 19th Oct 2013.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

This was clearly an offence. Once the goalkeeper has the ball in his hands he may not be challenged and that includes when he throws the ball up to kick it or bounce it. The goal should not have been allowed and it should have been punished by an indirect free kick.
It has been shown that the referee just looked away up field at the moment the ball was bounced probably to see what was happening at the likely drop point from the punt and missed the incident. The AR should have seen this and I believe both thought the goalkeeper dropped the ball rather than bouncing it. The 4th official could have intervened here as well if he saw the incident.
Poor teamwork by the referee and his team particularly when they are all miked up and where the ball is located is always the most important location to watch in refereeing

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

the keeper is in possession of the ball while bouncing it. Every Professional player knows this and knows the keeper may not be challenged while in control of the ball. Referee turned his head and player got away with one

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