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Question Number: 6456

Law 5 - The Referee

RE: Amatuer Adult

Rajen of Gauteng, South Africa asks...

A revised fixture was sent out 24hrs earlier informing the two participating teams that their match is brought forward by 1hour! One team and match officials arrive @ the revised kick-off, the opposition don't! A walk-over is granted by the Referee to the team present after waiting a further 15minutes! Other team now protests to Assoc. saying that they did not receive the revised fixture! What is the solution?.Thanks

Answer provided by Referee Krijvenaar

Rajen,..This kind of fixtures are different in every country, the rules are in this case set by your national soccer federation in south africa..For example where i live the 2 teams involved need to be informed 4 or 5 days in advance , in order that they are well aware of any changes in time date or place ......rgds

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

Not the referee's problem. The referee's only job in this case is to report the facts to the association: one team and the referees showed up and after 15 minutes past the (newly) scheduled start time, the opposition had not showed up. If I were an association member, I would probably be sympathetic to the opposition, but I may not be aware of all of the details.

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