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Question Number: 6453

Law 4 - Players Equipment

RE: GOLD Under 16

Phil of Vancouver B.C., Canada asks...

I recently refereed a game and came across a situation which I have never encountered in all the years I have been involved in soccer (too many!)...the game in question went something like this: Player #1 from team "A" is cautioned in 1st half for a tackle involving excessive force (no one injured; tackle from side). A player from team "B" trips a team "A" player in the 2nd half and is cautioned (this occurs around the center line). Player #1 from team "A" vocalizes her opinion of the referee's call on this tripping call (she assumed the call was against her team) by swearing (F**K). This player (#1) is located around the 20 yard mark in her half of the field (this will all make sense in a few seconds!). The referee tells player #1 (team "A") to stay where she is and that he will be back to deal with her in a minute. The referee proceeds to caution the player from team "B" for the trip (referee's back is turned towards player #1 from team "A"). Player #1 (team "A") switches her jersey, while on the field, with player #2 of team "A". The linesman sees this and comes onto the field to report this to the referee. The referee was planning on cautioning player #1 (team "A") for dissent (which would be her 2nd yellow) or possibly red carding player for foul language. This was before being informed by the linesman of the attempt, by players #1 and #2, to deceive the game officials. Player #1 was obviously hoping to not receive the second caution and thereby be ejected from the game. Her team mate (player#2) was supposed to take the caution for her. ..Have you ever come across a similar situation such as this? And if so, what would your ruling be on this? Caution for the jersey switch or RED? Ultimately the discipline committee would have to decide how many games this would cost each player involved.

Answer provided by Referee Dawson

Hi Phil, .are you sure you are not just making this up???.I could fathom a jersey switch if there was a single CR and no ARs and her face was a blur to that referee but to attempt such a load of cheating crap as that is beyond reason with an AR looking in never mind all other people on or of the field. If the CR is made aware of this he should ensure the #1 player is sent off the reasons you describe provide many and the #2 player is cautioned for the USB. A full report and the disciplinary committee could make a example of this action in a way that no one should even think about doing it. My colleagues point below mine should be heeded I was so busy with the cheating concept I missed it..Cheers

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Phil don't forget a tackle using excessive force is a sending-off. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

I agree with my colleague Mr. Dawson. Yellow for the dissent, yellow for the jersey switch, and a full written report to the league which would state exactly what you just told us.

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