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Question Number: 32442

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/11/2018

RE: Competitive Under 14

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 32436

As a follow up to this situation, I wonder how you would feel about a caution for the foul and then a second caution for unsporting behavior for the 'defender walking away laughing'?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Aaron
Yes that is an option open to a referee although it is more likely to sway my first card decision rather than a second card. My preference is to file away the smart alec behaviour and take zero tolerance from there on with the player.
Like Referee Grove I am unsure of a caution for this. While USB covers a multitude there are plenty of situations where a referee might not like behaviour such as poor attitude yet unlikely to merit a card. As I said zero tolerance on tactical fouls, dissent, delaying the restart, etc is more likely to occur.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Aaron,
sounds like the better decision might have been to red card the initial challenge given how it is described instead of only a caution. But attitudes where players show disregard or a lack of respect can certainly trigger another caution . As my esteemed colleagues notes, we sort of perk up when we notice things that draw our attention.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Aaron,
That would be a possibility although I'm not 100% sure about a caution for laughing - it's mean-spirited and unnecessary but I'm struggling a little to fit it into the criteria for USB. Other referees might possibly see it as showing a lack of respect for the game, however. It does tend to underline the cynical nature of the challenge though, and although you can't make a call in real time based on what comes afterwards, if you could use hindsight you might think that maybe a red would have been a not unreasonable decision for the original foul.

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