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Catching the Ball

Catching the Ball

A cunning striker, waiting for a high looping ball to drop, decides to tug his shirt out of his shorts and, using both hands, stretch it out like a blanket to cushion the ball. It works – the ball drops to his feet and he plays on.
Do you intervene?

 

 

 

You are the ref

Read the statements below and decide which is best. In this case, would you stop the striker?
Stop the striker - it's a foul

Well done. That's right.

Don’t let him play on. The player is guilty of unsporting behaviour, so stop play and issue a caution. You could argue that the player, in using his
shirt like this to cushion the ball, is guilty of deliberate hand ball. Restart play with a direct free-kick.

Don't stop the striker

Sorry, that's wrong. It's a foul.

Don’t let him play on. The player is guilty of unsporting behaviour, so stop play and issue a caution. You could argue that the player, in using his
shirt like this to cushion the ball, is guilty of deliberate hand ball. Restart play with a direct free-kick.

 

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Rath6180's picture
Rath6180
14/02/2023
GB
759
points

I've never seen anything like this at a match before.


Rath6180's picture
Rath6180
14/02/2023 09:45
United Kingdom
Liverpool
759

I've never seen anything like this at a match before.

mucasame
23/05/2022
BR
87
points

easy


mucasame
23/05/2022 20:32
Brazil
Manchester City
87

easy

Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
05/04/2021
BR
1512
points

I saw this situation once, at a futsal match, in Brazil. The ref took the same decision, and showed the yellow card to the offender.


Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
05/04/2021 18:01
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I saw this situation once, at a futsal match, in Brazil. The ref took the same decision, and showed the yellow card to the offender.

Izabela
20/06/2020
BR
1505
points

Ok


Izabela
20/06/2020 04:53
Brazil
Newcastle United
1505

Ok

Amir72's picture
Amir72
21/03/2020
EG
14
points

this behaviour I didn't seen it before


Amir72's picture
Amir72
21/03/2020 21:12
Egypt
Liverpool
14

this behaviour I didn't seen it before

josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
13/11/2019
VE
581
points

Well, he has been a referee for long, and his decision is considered right, but the rules of the game do not indicate that.


josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
13/11/2019 00:56
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

Well, he has been a referee for long, and his decision is considered right, but the rules of the game do not indicate that.

Firas's picture
Firas
06/08/2019
IQ
25
points

Very good


Firas's picture
Firas
06/08/2019 09:58
Iraq
Manchester United
25

Very good

Emran's picture
Emran
28/03/2019
BD
44
points

Of course


Emran's picture
Emran
28/03/2019 04:36
Bangladesh
Manchester United
44

Of course

batric.janjic
24/06/2018
ME
117
points

Of course.


batric.janjic
24/06/2018 22:58
Montenegro
Chelsea
117

Of course.

batric.janjic
24/06/2018
ME
117
points

Of course!


batric.janjic
24/06/2018 22:57
Montenegro
Chelsea
117

Of course!

mgsein
10/12/2017
MM
41
points

Yeah, should restart play with a direct free kick


mgsein
10/12/2017 13:30
Myanmar
Manchester United
41

Yeah, should restart play with a direct free kick

baki333
28/01/2017
BA
310
points

stop him


baki333
28/01/2017 13:53
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chelsea
310

stop him

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
04/04/2016
PS
3705
points

That is fair.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
04/04/2016 04:00
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

That is fair.

nikosonris
16/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I've always thought of doing so during the match. Now I know that it will be officiated as unsporting behaviour.


nikosonris
16/11/2015 13:34
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I've always thought of doing so during the match. Now I know that it will be officiated as unsporting behaviour.

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
30/10/2015
BR
1332
points

Ok. I'm Luck!!!!!!


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
30/10/2015 16:52
Brazil
Chelsea
1332

Ok. I'm Luck!!!!!!

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1332
points

Don't let him play on. It's illegal


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
24/10/2015 15:08
Brazil
Chelsea
1332

Don't let him play on. It's illegal

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Goals

Learn about the difficult decisions a referee has to make.

Glossary

cunning - clever at getting what you want (often by tricking people)

to tug - to pull something strongly and suddenly

to cushion - to put something soft in the way of a moving object to slow it down

to intervene - to become involved in a situation to stop something (usually a bad thing like a crime or a fight)

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