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Question Number: 3604

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

John Grundy of Oakville, Canada asks...

A corner kick is awarded. While the players are getting into postion to receive the kick a player on the attacking team holds tight to the shirt of a defender such that the defender is unable to move. The ref sees this. Is the corner kick cancelled and a free kick awarded to the defending team?

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

No. This occured while the ball was out of play so it's punished as misconduct. The player on the attacking team guilty of the misconduct is cautioned and shown the yellow card. The restart is still a corner kick. Of course, if this happens AFTER the kick is taken, it's holding and the restart would be a DFK for the opponents.

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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

NO. Play has been stopped for a corner kick, the restart must be the same (cornerkick). The referee can delay the kick when he observes this incident, speak with or caution the offending player and then the corner kick must be taken...This holds true for every restart, once a restart has been determined, a direct free kick, a throw-in, a goalkick, etc., no matter what happens before the restart is taken, the restart must remain the same...Your example is a good one. Another might be....ball over the goal line (not a goal) last touched by an attacker, restart a goal kick, before the kick can betaken two players start fighting. You would eject (red card) the players and then play would be restarted with a goal kick...Great question, thanks for asking

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