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Question Number: 27921

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/22/2013

RE: intermediate coach High School

ronald dodds of battle mountain, nv USA asks...

The GK took the ball just inside the penalty area just as an attacker was challenging for it. It is a hand ball situation. The game is started with a direct FK. Are there any cards issued here?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Ronald
I assume you meant to say outside the penalty area? Outside the epnalty area the goalkeeper is like any other player. IMO it is likely that the offence was a tactical foul and a caution.
It is unlikely that if it is a catch just over the line as a misjudgement that the offence will fail one of the denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity conditions such as distance to the ball and therefore it is not a dismissal. However if the attacker had possession of the ball going past the goalkeeper then every chance that all four conditions would be met for a sending off.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Inside the penalty area this is the keeper's job and legal

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