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Question Number: 33371

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2019

RE: Professional

engin ataman of olympia, WA United States asks...

at 3:24 green jersey scores after a corner kick but referee claims obstruction to goalkeeper and disallows the goal.

Could you let us know your take on this?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Correct decision here by the referee. Green attacker has only one intent here which is to impede the movement of the goalkeeper. Nothing else. He makes no effort to move towards the ball or attempt to play the ball. So for me it was the correct decision by the referee.
There is nothing wrong with positioning beside the goalkeeper as long as nothing is done to impede the movement of the goalkeeper by moving into his oath or that the player makes an attempt to move to the ball to try to play it.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Engin,
the attacker stood with arms spread and then followed keeper, clear interference impeding I can agree 100% with the referee here but not so much at 4: 27 though PK for me . lol

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Engin,
Had the attacker simply stood there as the ball came in there would be no problem - players are allowed to stand in their position. But he followed the keeper's movements and in doing so prevented the keeper from moving freely. That's when it becomes an offence.
This is an excellent decision - I think a lot of referees would have either missed it, or chosen not to penalise it.

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