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Question Number: 6272

RE: 4 Adult

Joelau of , asks...

hi,I was an assistant referee in a U15 boys' game yesterday .During the first half two players from each team had a quarrel and about to have further action ,so I signified the referee who blew the whistle and was walking towards them (He was in the other half at that time). Since they were just in front of where I stand,I stepped inside the field and told them to calm down and they stopped further action .The referee talked to me in the field saying next time dont step inside the field just let them do whatever they want and I will deal with them if they have further action.Am I wrong or is he right ?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

You just prevented two kids from beating the crap out of each other. You saved the referee a ton of paperwork in the process. As far as I am concerned paperwork is a pain in the arse, I would have thanked you and cautioned the two for their trouble. ..In the case you mention he chastised you for your effort, probably ignored the discipline needed too... So at this point in time this referee wants you not to enter the field. The referee is right, as always. ..So, in future, continue to keep the little savages from each other's throats. If the referee has a piece of you, fine - but you protected the players and that's good. By the way if play is running use your voice instead of entering, loud voices upset referees then they turn around and see what's happening...Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Good work! I'd be happy to have you as my AR any time. You're allowed on the field. In fact, Law 6 mentions this, when talking about ensuring the opponents give the required distance. That said, this referee doesn't want you on the field so if working with him again ask him what he would have you do if circumstances occur as before. When working with other referees, continue to use your good sense and do what it takes to keep the players safe.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

The law was recently changed to allow the assistant to enter the feild to assist the referee, this referee obviously isn't aware of this.

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