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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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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
Chelsea
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
1315
points

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


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
30/10/2015 16:52
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

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

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1315
points

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


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
24/10/2015 15:08
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

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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By Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion Copyright Guardian News and Media Ltd. 2010.