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Question Number: 29075

Law 15 - Throw In 12/28/2014

RE: Professional

Glenn of Newbury Park, CA USA asks...

Today in the 78' of Man Utd v Spurs, a throw in was awarded to Man U. Rafael stole a few yards from where referee Moss had pointed for the restart to occur.
Before the TI was taken the referee blew his whistle and awarded the TI to Spurs.
Can anyone explain what law was applied?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Glenn
I wish more referees would implement Law 15 fully. I have seen the incident and Raphael the Manchester United player took the throw in from the wrong location some 10 yards from where the ball left the field of play and as a result the decision was that the throw in was turned over to the opponents from the correct location. The decision was made after the ball was thrown in by Raphael not before so Referee Moss made the correct decision and well done to him for doing that. I also think that the referee tried to advise Raphael to go back before he took the TI and that was ignored. Perhaps that arm signal to instruct Raphael confused you. Obviously we are not party to what could have been said with the arm signal which could have been words such as **Far enough* * Go back please*

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Glenn,
what you describe it appears as if the referee is awarding the throw in to the opposing team because it was taken incorrectly. This is written into LAW 15 THROW IN.

What seems slightly odd is you say before the throw in takes place? After reviewing it, the throw in was taken AFTER having been warned by the referee to quit moving up the touch line.

Throw ins are to be taken from where the ball left the FOP. Within reason, a yard or two is not unrealistic but ten yds stretches a referees patience!

Those players who try to gain too much extra yardage, while at times trifling, it is always illegal!

Looks like referee Moss called out Rafael for his ignoring this part of the law? Cheers

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