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Question Number: 8762

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/29/2004

RE: Any Under 18

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Suppose the play is dead. Also, a player from one team decides to give a player from the other team the finger. The player who receives this gesture decides to 'get even' and assault the player who gave him the finger. The referee does not see the player flash the finger, but sees the assault. The ref has a hunch that this assault was provoked, but has no proof. As a result, the ref sends off the player who committed the assault and does nothing to the player who flashes the finger. Later on (say halftime or the end of the game), the player admits that he gave the other player the finger. At this point, is the ref allowed to red card this player?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 12/29/2004

Well if this was an admission to me by the player I would have a hard time not acting on this new information and sending him off. Before I sent off the gent who committed the assault I would have asked both assistants if there was anything they saw to provoke the assault. ..After the match no cards will be shown but the player's action should be in the match report, at the interval between the halves the card is appropriate. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino 12/29/2004

The referee may act upon new information. Usually this comes from other officials but if a player admitted he gave the finger, then the referee is free to act upon it. As of July 2004, no cards after the end of game but the send-off is still recorded and a proper report sent to the authorities

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Answer provided by Referee Laflin

No cards are to be shown after the end of the match but it should be reported as a red card nonetheless to the relevant authority. You should report the circumstances of the report (you did not see the incident but it was admitted to you after the game by the player). This makes it easier for disciplinary committees to decide whether to warrant an appeal!..Regards,

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