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Question Number: 6509

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

Alan of , asks...

i'm looking for one liners to help in diffusing dissent...can you help?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Dissent is diffused visually if the dissent is visual, with words if vocal. Dissent is most easily is diffused with the yellow card because once tolerated it is near impossible to stop. ..Referees have different levels of tolerance with regard to dissent, they also have reputations -- it is far better to have a reputation as a referee who will not accept any dissent than a referee who sometimes cautions dissent. By that I mean the guy that tolerates no dissent usually never gets any, the gent that sometimes cautions always has to...Establish your reputation by always making a huge stink about any dissent and you won't get any!..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

One of the easiest things is to point out to the players that you are being consistent. "It's the same thing I just called for you 5 minutes ago," if true, is very effective. When giving 10 yards, "I'll give you the same on the other end," eliminates almost all dissent when the wall claims they are 15 yards away.

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