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Question Number: 27914

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/21/2013

RE: Rec Adult

Erik of Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A asks...

I had a player who told me that a deliberate
hand ball is a yellow card and if the last defender (other than the goal keeper) 'punches' the ball to prevent a goal, its a red card.
So is it really a yellow card or is it just a foul?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Erik
Deliberate handling that is committed as a tactical foul is unsporting behaviour and a caution. Examples include deliberately handling the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession with the purpose of interfering with or breaking up a promising attack or attempting to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball
There will be times when the handling is not tactical and that is just a free kick only.
In addition if the deliberate handling denies a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity then the player is dismissed and shown a red card.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Players are usually wrong. These are myths:
The foul requires deliberate handling of the ball. So, deliberate is not a factor in whether it also should be treated as misconduct.

The foul becomes cautionable misconduct as unsporting behavior (yellow card) when it is done as a tactical foul to disrupt an advantageous attack. The foul becomes a send-off misconduct for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity (red card) if the referee believes that, but for the handling, the ball would have entered the goal.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Erik, please dont tell me you are going to players for advice. You're the referee, you should be explaining to the players things like in order for there to even be a foul, the handling has to be deliberate. That's why the foul is called deliberately handling the ball. Where in the Laws does it say a caution is given everytime this foul is called?
Whether a card is issued depends on other things, not on if it's 'deliberate'

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