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Question Number: 6504

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

RE: youth ref Adult

ralph shelley of Huntington, ny usa asks...

During the US Women's match against Norway, I noticed that Julie Foudy put both her hand around the waste of an opponent.who had her back to foudy and had possesion. Foudy was not pushing. Holding in some way maybe? No call by ref. This was also done by another US player. Comments please and thanks!

Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

This is a holding foul and should be punished by an direct free-kick or a penalty kick. The foul may not have been called if the referee didn't see it or if the Norwegian player got away quickly enough that the referee saw no reason to call it.

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Ralph there, too, exists the possibility the referee considered it trivial or that the action was accepted by her opponent as within her idea of fair play...Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Didn't see it. Holding is one of the four fouls that don't have to be at least careless for the referee to call. That said, I agree with my fellow referees, she may not have seen it or may have deemed it to be trifling. A third possibility is,in his mind, she allowed for advantage if the opponent got away too quickly for her to give the advantage signal. Thanks for writing.

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