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Question Number: 6198

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

RE: class I Under 14

Jerry Roberts of Los Gatos, CA usa asks...

Stiker is one on one with goalie and beats him between the pk mark and the 18 yard line. The ball is played around the goalie and as the striker attempts to go around he is grabbed by the goalie. He broke free form the american football tackle and proceeded to score the goal. The ref. gave him the advantage clause and no whistle thus a score. ..My question is "Red Card"? I read the law as denying an obvious goal scoring oportunity, but if he scores no pk is given but, is an ejection appropriate?..thanks for your help.

Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

Serious Foul Play or Violent Conduct. Your thinking would be correct if the striker missed.

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Jerry if the goalkeeper fails in his foul play the referee should play advantage. The chance of a goal is very good with the ball between a striker and the goal and no one else present. Because we played advantage and have a goal we look good. Now comes the time to deal with our foul playing keeper. He is at the very least unsporting. He goes in the book as that with a few firm words but the card is delayed a bit while we discuss the relative merits of his challenge, the longer the better,(within reason). Players and spectators must see his foul play as intolerable and this gives the keeper an opportunity to open his mouth and step in his crank again. If he does this may be his second caution in the same match. Most people will keep the mouth firmly closed at this juncture, but some.....Granted I'm stretching things a bit, but this sucker has done the Game a disservice, has he not? We need to get his attention and prevent this activity in the future. Yes it is just a caution. But if he wants to be sent off, accommodate him.....Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

You can't give him a red card for denying a goal because he didn't. Advantage was allowed and a goal was scored. You can certainly issue a caution and a yellow card. I'm not sure the conduct was violent enough to warrant a send off as the attacker wasn't stopped but if you thought it was, a send off is certainly an option.

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