Quick free kick


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Level 5 Referee
Incident -

Injured player for Team A and a free kick. Physio comes on player goes off. Some of Team B players stand at the side of pitch to get a drink 2-4 players max.

We are ready to go Team A put ball down I blow whistle and off we go, I then notice the 2-4 players still at the side of the pitch. Ball goes through and team A score.

Manager at end said that he has never in 20 years of football seen a referee do that and not let the players get back in before the free kick was taken.

Apart from the obvious - wait until they get back on before starting as that will solve any issues - is there anything else I should have done here?

Note - I only noticed the players after I had restarted play so I guess stopping play then would be incorrect in law.

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