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Accidentally tripping over opponents foot

newref

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When two players are running for the ball and it is clear that one of players ACCIDENTALLY gets tripped over by the other whilst they are running, is this a foul or should play be continued?
 

Big Cat

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When two players are running for the ball and it is clear that one of players ACCIDENTALLY gets tripped over by the other whilst they are running, is this a foul or should play be continued?
This one is contentious. Rightly or wrongly, if a player changes direction or cuts across another player in a manner that impedes the opponent, it's generally considered a careless foul (at least).
If one of the players in in possession of the ball, or more likely to get there first, we tend to favour that player
I think there are times when clipping of heels is entirely accidental and not careless in any way, but 'football expects' a foul in most cases
 

newref

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This one is contentious. Rightly or wrongly, if a player changes direction or cuts across another player in a manner that impedes the opponent, it's generally considered a careless foul (at least).
If one of the players in in possession of the ball, or more likely to get there first, we tend to favour that player
I think there are times when clipping of heels is entirely accidental and not careless in any way, but 'football expects' a foul in most cases
That's exactly what I was querying, accidental instead of careless clipping of the heels. Seems like you read my mind, but yeah it's a tough one. If the player falling over was no where near the ball I'd let play go on but like you said the law expects a foul in any case right. But if he was close to the ball and had a chance to get to it only then I'd give the foul in this case of accidental tripping.
 

The Referee

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If a player is running so close to an opponent that he clips his heels, I would view it as careless, even if accidental. As @Big Cat mentioned above, you tend to favour the player most likely to get to the ball first.
 

socal lurker

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I'd frame it as the appropriate level of care. Who was responsible for taking care, the one who fell or the one who didn't?
 

one

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Careless and accidental are not mutually exclusive, even in general meaning. I accidentally burnt my hand on the stove, that's because I was careless.
There are some considerations to think about as mentioned above but it's very much a "you have to be there" scenario.
 
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