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Question Number: 3469

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

JOHN MERNER of ottawa, asks...

The ball was intentionaly passed back to the keeper, the attacking player then made contact with the keeper such that a red card was warranted and the attacker was sent off...what is the correct restart...there would have been an in direct free kick to the attacking team because of the pass back ..what effect does the red card have to the correct restart

Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

I need a bit more information from you to answer your question/s. A pass back to the keeper from his/her own team mate is not a problem by itself. It becomes an infraction if once passed, the keeper then uses his/her hands and picks it up within their own penalty area...So... if the keeper picked it up and was subsequently fouled by the attacker(before the referee had a chance to blow her whistle), play is stopped for the touch by the keeper, the attacker is shown the red card and the restart is an indirect for the attacker's team at the place where the keeper picked up the ball, subject to the special circumstances in Law 8...If however....the keeper never picked up the ball and then is fouled by the attacker. Play is stopped, red card shown and the restart is a direct freekick is awarded to the keeper's team...There could be.... one more scenario, if the touch by the keeper and the foul by the attacker happened at the same moment, play would be stopped, the attacker shown the red card and the restart would be a direct free kick for the keeper's team. This restart because when two fouls/infractions occur at the same time, you punish the most serious one...Thank you for your question.

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Answer provided by Referee Dawson

Hi John,. I think REf Kalstrom pretty much covered the situation. Just to add a bit, that pass back must have been with the foot of the defender for an INDFK to apply. Cheers

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