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Question Number: 29640

Law 3 - Number of Players 8/29/2015

RE: Competative Under 19

Sam Cruz of Minneapolis, MN United States asks...

My son was on a breakaway and beat the keeper at the top of the 18. He shot the ball and it was clearly going in the goal. However, since it was a chip and not going very fast, it allowed a sub for the other team to run on the field and block the shot with his hand. The ref only gave a yellow card and restarted with a dropped ball. I couldn't believe it! I always thought anyone who was the last man who blocked a shot on goal was ejected and restart with a free kick or PK. Did this change?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Sam
As described the referee got it incorrect. The substitute was cautioned for unsporting behaviour and should also been cautioned for the deliberate handling which is then a sending off. The restart should have been an indirect free kick. If the referee was certain that the deliberate handling had in fact denied a goal the substitute should have been shown a red card for a DOGSO Had the substitute used his foot then there would not have been a second caution nor a DoGSo
Just a thought. While the intruder may have been part of the team he may not have bern listed as a substitute in which case he is treated as an outside agent. However no caution would issue just the removal of the offender with a dropped ball restart.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Sam,
Unfortunate a substitute is not a player and his actions are misconduct only. The correct restart is an INDFK from where the ball was at the time of the stoppage subject to the special circumstances of the goal area ! No PK or DFK offence can occur. For a drop ball restart the person who interfered with play must be classified as an outside agent. A sent off player who qualify as would a fan or a coach or any bench personal who are not on the roster of available substitutes. A substitute is NOT an outside agent nor is he a player! A substitute has only 3 cautionable 0ffences compared to 7 for a player. HOWEVER, all 7 send offs still apply including DOGSO with the hands. The substitute should have been shown a direct red card for DOGSO via use of his hands and his USB action noted in the match report. His team does not play short, but he is NOW an outside agent! Perhaps you can kindly relay this information to the referee in question as it appears he might need a refresher if it really WAS a substitute!

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