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Question Number: 29736

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/24/2015

RE: 8 Adult

robert of pagosa springs, CO United States asks...

If a defender near the goal area shouts and obviously distracts an attacker with only the keeper in front of him and disrupts his goal scoring opportunity, what can apply? I think it qualifies as a denial of an obvious goal opportunity (unsporting conduct, IDF) and therefore a send off. correct?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Robert,
Yes but hmmm shouts what and how? There is certainly some room to find this action as USB misconduct, creating an indirect free kick, thus DOGSO can be inferred! Verbally screaming to intimidate is one thing but be sure it breaks the fair play barrier in a very real sense if you are sure escorting a player off after showing a red card is indeed the correct application. Not sure a Your offside, Stop him or Please miss! qualifies as a red card event. Technically this version of "verbal impeding" is a caution show a yellow card if it truly affects play in a severe negative fashion.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi a Robert
Technically yes as IDFK restart offences do satisfy the DOGSO criteria. An example would be if a defender shouted STOP STOP at an opponent who was through on goal and the attacker duly obliged. That blatant unsporting deception has denied a goal scoring opportunity so the player is dismissed and the restart is an indirect free kick.
Now that is in the extreme end of the scale and rarely if ever happens. At the other end of the scale we read questions about players not using a name to a team mate which many referees incorrectly treat as an IDFK offence only. Communication is part of the game and the offence must be unsporting requiring the referee to issue a card normally a caution.
So the question that the referee has to be certain about is whether the shout has obviously and deliberately distracted or deceived the opponent in an unsporting manner. For instance a player shouting for offside in such situations which could distract a young player,who may innocently stop to check, would not be unsporting necessitating a caution or a sending off or a player shouting to his goalkeeper to close down the attacker would not be unsporting yet it might distract somewhat.

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Answer provided by Referee Ben Mueller

It could! The result would then be a send off and an IFK at the spot of infraction (or on top of goal area line if in goal area). This all depends on the nature and whether or not the referee deems it unsporting.

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