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Question Number: 6185

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

RE: high school

Quinton of Gresham, Oregon USA asks...

High school JV match. Players from attacking team are in penalty area when defenders clear the ball long out of the box. As players turn and begin to move upfield, one trail defender pushes attacking player in the back out of anger or retaliation. This takes place at the top of the goal area. I call a foul and issue a caution. What is the restart?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

This is striking and possibly violent conduct, or pushing and possibly violent conduct. Both are direct free kick offenses. Because they happened within the defenders penalty area the restart should have been a penalty kick. For the most part the referee should be disqualifing a player for this offense unless there is something making the action just unsporting conduct for which the player should be cautioned. The player must leave the field and may be replaced if cautioned. If he is disqualified he must leave the field and may not be replaced...Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

Your other option would be to wait for the ball to go out of play and then issue a caution

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