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Question Number: 3368


RE: International Adult

Jon of Finnsnes, Norway asks...

At a game a player had the ball on the line near the corner flag. A defender tried to kick the ball across the line. The attacker kicks the ball past the defender and runs past him. At the same moment the linesman, who is next to the players lifts his arm and points upfield, but not with the flag. The defender has his eyes on the ball and sees only that the linesman lifts his arm and asumes that the ball has been over the line and stopps playing and lets the attacker pass. This leads to a goal. Does the hand signal from the linesman mean anything? If not should the goal be dissalowed?

Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

Goal. A player should only stop playing when play has been stopped by the referee or the ball has passed outside of the field of play.

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Answer provided by Referee Dawson

PLAY the Whistle! PLAY the Whistle! PLAY THE WHISTLE! .Good Goal..And as Ref Marco indicated signals between the referee and ARs are not for player interpretation as to what they mean. Cheers

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