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Mugsey

New Member
Level 7 Referee
Let me get this clear. Are you asking me to change my previous decision during the game that has now finished?

Or

Just so we're clear, are you asking me not to put that booking in?

I use that when the coach is confrontational or touching on the aggressive side. It usually works, they tend to shut up and walk away. Sometimes though, they just aren't aware of the reason for the decision under the laws of the game and a calm demeaner and clear explanation can defuse the situation. I had this yesterday funnily enough, great game, open age, 2 2 with 10 minutes left. Attacker in an offside position. Ball played forward but went at pace to a defender who stuck his foot out, deliberately played the ball but mis-kicked it straight into the path of the offside attacker who scored. Not everyone saw the defender touch the ball but I was fortunate enough to be in the perfect position to see it. Had chaos for the last 10 minutes which resulted in 2 players being sin-binned and the coach being shown a yellow card. They just didn't want to hear about the explanation and every time I spoke, they shouted over me.

When the game was eventually over and everyone had walked off the pitch, I was able to talk to another coach about the decision explaining it wasn't an offence to be in an offside position and that his own player had deliberately played at the ball passing it to the attacker hence play on.

He was fine about it and accepted it and apologised about his players and other coach. Still didn't hear from the other coach or players though.

It's a tough job and soul destroying at times
That was a judgement call (you can also be offside if you are in an offside position and gain an advantage because of your position) and judgement calls always cause problems. Back passes are another big cause of friction.
 

QuaverRef

I used to be indecisive but now i'm not so sure
There must be a book all players read so they understand the script and must join in.

In the back
Foul throw
Who played them on
That’s the first foul
It’s not about you ref
(After 4 minutes of a sin bin) can he come back on
But I got the ball
He’s all over him
Can we add ‘where’s the ball gone?’
 

Justylove

RefChat Addict
Level 4 Referee
One in my game today. Home player gone down injured. He's had a delayed reaction and is screaming in pain. I stop the game with away team (losing 2-0) in possession on about halfway to allow treatment.

Away captain says "he's clearly trying it on and you're going to look a right t*t when he jumps up and is ready to carry on"

Cue the lad being stretchered off and taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.
 

zarathustra

RefChat Addict
Level 6 Referee
“Foul throw!” Yesterday there was apparently something wrong with every single throw the home team took, well according to one player at least.
 

GraemeS

RefChat Addict
Level 5 Referee
Yesterday was the first time in a while that I've had "He can't say "Leave it" ref!" - many thanks to this forum for making sure that I knew the ins and outs of the verbal distraction law enough that I was 100% confident in my decision to let play go on!
 

GraemeS

RefChat Addict
Level 5 Referee
" How many ref?" always gets me. Usually shouted after a team, not a single player note, has committed as many as, I don't know, 2 or 3 whole fouls sometimes! :rolleyes: :p
I also had this yesterday, on what I'm pretty sure was the second foul this team had committed - and I had cautioned for the first as it was SPA!
 

LothianRef

Member
Level 5 Referee
Had a good one when I was on the line yesterday. Clear reckless challenge on the home team’s young winger which caused a few afters as it was right in front of the dugouts. When the ref got round to issuing the caution, the home team wanted a red for the challenge as “he’s only 17”.
 

Tealeaf

Lighting the darkest hour
Staff member
Level 5 Referee
Tonight’s lowlight was that I didn’t know the rules; there is no longer a 6-second rule for the goalkeeper with ball in hand, it’s all at the referee’s discretion!

News to me 🙂
 

zarathustra

RefChat Addict
Level 6 Referee
Tonight’s lowlight was that I didn’t know the rules; there is no longer a 6-second rule for the goalkeeper with ball in hand, it’s all at the referee’s discretion!

News to me 🙂
Yes, apparently there have been lots of new rules introduced this season that IFAB forgot to add to the laws.
 

one

RefChat Addict
Level 7 Referee
Tonight’s lowlight was that I didn’t know the rules; there is no longer a 6-second rule for the goalkeeper with ball in hand, it’s all at the referee’s discretion!

News to me 🙂
Then you used your discretion to decide. All the same as far as the player is concerned.
 

socal lurker

RefChat Addict
Tonight’s lowlight was that I didn’t know the rules; there is no longer a 6-second rule for the goalkeeper with ball in hand, it’s all at the referee’s discretion!

News to me 🙂
OK, there has to be more of a story here if you actaully called 6 seconds . . . pray tell!
 

RustyRef

Administrator
Staff member
When I told a player he was heading for a sin bin if I heard one more peep from him he replied that there are no sin bins in this league. That's interesting, as one of your players got sin binned just a week ago :)
 

Tealeaf

Lighting the darkest hour
Staff member
Level 5 Referee
OK, there has to be more of a story here if you actaully called 6 seconds . . . pray tell!

I should have been clear - I verbally “encouraged” the goalkeeper to release the ball which prompted this comment.
 
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