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You-Call-It #38


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At the 79th minute of a tied, tense match, a blue player had been granted permission to leave the field of play to change a bloody jersey. Play continues, an errant red pass sends the ball toward touch on the referee's side of the field. Unbeknownst to the referee and out of his view, an altercation occurs (a red player has violently punched a blue player as he ran by just inside the red penalty area) spotted by the AR2 in his area of responsibility. AR2 then raises his flag!

The ball now just narrowly passes over the touchline, about 10 yards from the midline into the referee's area of control just moments after this punch occurred. AR1, on the substitution side, has raised a flag in the appropriate hand indicating blue possession for a throw in and gives it a wave rather than a 45 degree point . Since the ball had barely squeaked out of play, this flag is accepted by the referee indicating the ball was out . The referee signals to the blue player who had just finished changing his bloody jersey, still outside the field of play, to grab the ball and throw it back onto the field to restart play immediately. The blue player correctly throws it back into play. The referee noticing the AR1 still has his flag raised tries to wave him down. The match continues briefly when the referee realizes the AR1 is pointing across the field to indicate AR2's flag is raised. What's the call. Your match, your decision, your reputation

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