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Question Number: 31666

Law 5 - The Referee 7/31/2017

RE: pro Adult

arowosaye of lagos , lagos nigeria asks...

what should the ref do if a match is not ended due to fight or arguement? When one side is winning

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

If a game cannot be completed due to fighting or a team deciding not to continue or outside interference such as poor weather, poor light, spectator behaviour then the game is abandonded and the facts are reported to the League by the referee as to the reason.
The League can decide depending on its Rules of Competition ROCs to allow the result to stand, award the game to one team or order a replay or continue the game from the time the game was stopped.
Generally Leagues rule against teams that cause a game to be abandoned

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Arowosaye,
Sometimes teams forget or do not care about respect & fair play or circumstances of weather or outside interference or bad pitch conditions, poor lighting all force a referee to abandon the match and report the reasoning. . The ROC has guidelines in place that dictate what possible consequences are in store be it a replay, declare a winner or to punish the team responsible If there is one.
Not the referees job to worry about it league takes over!

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