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Question Number: 31266

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/16/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

DFK v a natural coming together.

In the UCL match between Arsenal v Robert Lewandowski (also know as Bayern Munich), the challenge for the ball that lead to a foul that was awarded to Arsenal resulting in a penalty, is one that I often see in general outfield play.

I recall numerous times calling 'play on' when this happens, as (at least in my particular instances) I feel it can be simply a case of bad luck that one player is kicked by another as part of a natural follow through.

Sometimes it is a case of 'well if you are prepared to put your foot there...'

When these frequently, infrequent moments happen, I do evaluate if there is any deliberate follow through or positioning from a player (with apparent intent to make contact), which can be solid grounds for a DFK - and potential caution subject to execution.

I must say, I'm inclined to think this instance was more about the Arsenal player putting his foot in the firing line, and a bit surprised the foul was awarded.

Maybe it is a 'at this level, with so many eyes watching' it gets pulled up, but I still feel it a little hard luck on Bayern.

BTW, (the fact that Sanchez took 823 attempts before eventually scoring - sums up the Gunners ability).

fast forward to the 2:45 min mark

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Russell
What you refer to is a stonewall foul either a penalty kick or a free to the defending team. It is certainly not play on.
In this case the referee opined that Lewandowski kicked the Arsenal player which is a penal foul. If the referee opined that the Arsenal player through his action such as studs up etc was the guilty party then it is a free out to Bayern Munich
When I saw this in real time live I said 100% correct decision. The Arsenal player played the ball fairly and he was kicked after he played the ball. On review I did not see any action by the Arsenal player that he was guilty of a foul.
As you know a kicks or attempts to kick an opponent foul happens when the action is done in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force. Lewandowski s action was at least careless when he kicked his opponent. Referee Mazic did not consider it to be reckless hence no card was produced.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Russell.
careless foul, bit too complacent, certainly no malice no theatrics, thus no card. Most definitely a foul, certainly not play on !

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