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You-Call-It #36

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With about 10 minutes left until match end, red is up by a goal. The red keeper is awarded a free kick for a poor challenge by blue from inside his own penalty area. The blue team aware of his ability to pound the ball a long way down field drop off to the midline.
Instead the red keeper chips the ball just outside his penalty area to a red defender who promptly heads the ball back into the red penalty area by the red keeper's feet. The red keeper bends down to pick the ball up but stops when he sees no blue players in the area. The red keeper simply stands and waits, dribbling the ball until an impatient blue player finally breaks way from the midfield to force the red keeper to pick up the ball. The red keeper takes possession and the blue attacker backs away so as not to interfere with the release. The red keeper goes to the opposite side of the Penalty area and tosses the ball to the red defender who promptly heads the ball back towards the red keeper and repeats the same waiting game until a blue attacker forces him to pick the ball up. Only this time the blue attacker tracks the movement of the red keeper who is unable to release he ball in under 6 seconds via the close pursuit by blue. He stops and yells at the referee how he cannot release the ball without possibly hitting the blue player. The blue player is yelling to the referee for red taking too long and wasting time. What's Your Call?
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