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Question Number: 6757

Law 5 - The Referee

RE: Classic Under 14

C. Foerster of little rock, AR asks...

Coach of Team 1 appears to have been verbally assaulting the Center referee. Referee verbally warns the Coach to leave the field, coach refuses, and steps about 15 feet from his players' bench. Center referee stands with his foot on the ball on the field, and waits a few minutes. Coach still hasn't left, so Center referee blows whistle, states that Coach of Team 1 has caused the referee to abandon the game. However, actual score at the time was 1 - 0 (in favor of Team 1). But, it was during a tournament, so the opposing team was awarded a score of 3 - 0. Coach of Team 1 says you can't call the game, you had to card me first before sending me off. Is the Center Referee required to give the coach a card first before sending him off, or ending the game?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

No, the coach was asked to leave because he failed to conduct himself in a responsible manner. He did not leave. Now he has caused a tournament loss to his team and will probably sit out for a number of matches. Isn't he special? ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

As a matter of fact, a referee CANNOT card a coach for anything. Doesn't suprise me that this coach didn't know this as he obviously didn't know he was required to behave in a responsible manner. Technically, the referee didn't abandon the match, he terminated it. A subtle but real difference.

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

It sounds like the referee did everything right. The referee instructed the coach to leave the area, gave the coach sufficient time to leave, and then abandoned the match letting the tournament directors decide how to decide the game.

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