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Dog Fouling a pitch.

A dog fouls the pitch

A dog fouls the pitch

It’s a televised FA Cup fourth-round tie: a top-four club playing away at a non-league minnow. Before kick-off the away side’s captain comes to you and says his team are refusing to play because they've seen dog muck on the pitch. They say it’s unhygienic, even if the bulk of it is cleared. He wants the game called off.
What do you do?

 

You are the ref

Read the statements below and decide which is best. In this case, should you stop the match?
Call off the match.

Sorry. This is not the correct answer.

Make a representative from the home club remove the muck, and make the pitch, in your opinion, fit for play.

Keith Hackett: You do have to consider any danger or risk to players, which includes issues around hygiene, but really, this is an over-reaction from the top-flight players. In my career I’ve had to have all sorts removed from pitches before games: and I remember vividly having to get a shovel out myself to move cow pats before one Sunday match...

Let the match continue.

Well done. This is the correct answer.

Make a representative from the home club remove the muck, and make the pitch, in your opinion, fit for play.

Keith Hackett: You do have to consider any danger or risk to players, which includes issues around hygiene, but really, this is an over-reaction from the top-flight players. In my career I’ve had to have all sorts removed from pitches before games: and I remember vividly having to get a shovel out myself to move cow pats before one Sunday match...

 

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ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
07/04/2019
ZW
1560
points

A match may be abandoned due to extreme weather such as heavy rains and strong winds, terrorism, waterlogged picth, and et al. Cases that doesn't post much danger to players,fans and other stateholders can be fixed and the will continue.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
07/04/2019 10:16
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1560

A match may be abandoned due to extreme weather such as heavy rains and strong winds, terrorism, waterlogged picth, and et al. Cases that doesn't post much danger to players,fans and other stateholders can be fixed and the will continue.

vanmanh's picture
vanmanh
30/03/2019
VN
123
points

as for me, I will request with the referee stop the match and take the muck out the pitch. Then, the match will continue .


vanmanh's picture
vanmanh
30/03/2019 14:40
Vietnam
Liverpool
123

as for me, I will request with the referee stop the match and take the muck out the pitch. Then, the match will continue .

I am from Russia's picture
I am from Russia
25/02/2018
RU
388
points

Hmm..


I am from Russia's picture
I am from Russia
25/02/2018 20:43
Russia
Liverpool
388

Hmm..

yusepriyadi's picture
yusepriyadi
17/02/2018
ID
8
points

It's just a dog, the match must go on


yusepriyadi's picture
yusepriyadi
17/02/2018 19:00
Indonesia
Chelsea
8

It's just a dog, the match must go on

mgsein
10/12/2017
MM
41
points

Play on whatever happen.


mgsein
10/12/2017 13:20
Myanmar
Manchester United
41

Play on whatever happen.

CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
01/02/2017
IT
319
points

hahahahahahahaha funny !!! I laughed so hard...


CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
01/02/2017 18:11
Italy
Everton
319

hahahahahahahaha funny !!! I laughed so hard...

mundial's picture
mundial
24/01/2017
GE
32
points

nice


mundial's picture
mundial
24/01/2017 18:59
Georgia
Manchester United
32

nice

baki333
02/01/2017
BA
310
points

They can remove it...


baki333
02/01/2017 13:01
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chelsea
310

They can remove it...

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/05/2016
GH
4731
points

The match has to be stopped for the match to be postponed because even after its cleared if someone should be fouled and he falls to the exact spot the effects could be dangerous for the person's health


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/05/2016 08:39
Ghana
Manchester United
4731

The match has to be stopped for the match to be postponed because even after its cleared if someone should be fouled and he falls to the exact spot the effects could be dangerous for the person's health

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3705
points

The ref must not cancel the match and if the team refuses he must make it a win for the other team.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:53
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

The ref must not cancel the match and if the team refuses he must make it a win for the other team.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
12/02/2016
TR
1761
points

It's not a big deal,so the match should be continued.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
12/02/2016 15:38
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

It's not a big deal,so the match should be continued.

footballlearner's picture
footballlearner
07/02/2016
ES
130
points

My first try as a referee, I was reasonable and I got it right. Great!


footballlearner's picture
footballlearner
07/02/2016 23:13
Spain
Aston Villa
130

My first try as a referee, I was reasonable and I got it right. Great!

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/12/2015
ME
3557
points

If the players don't complain to the referee, then the game can be continued untill the halftime and on the pause it can be cleaned.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/12/2015 18:04
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

If the players don't complain to the referee, then the game can be continued untill the halftime and on the pause it can be cleaned.

nikosonris
16/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Play on even if it happens during the game.


nikosonris
16/11/2015 13:52
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Play on even if it happens during the game.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/10/2015
ME
3557
points

It's not a big deal. Match should be continued as soon as the muck is removed from the pitch.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/10/2015 23:37
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

It's not a big deal. Match should be continued as soon as the muck is removed from the pitch.

Abdallah
08/08/2014
KW
1813
points

maybe it can not be removed , maybe the dog muck is everywhere in the pitch which cant be removed


Abdallah
08/08/2014 21:53
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

maybe it can not be removed , maybe the dog muck is everywhere in the pitch which cant be removed

Rodes
02/10/2015
TN
1138
points

hhhh are you crazy man , how the dog can muck in evrywhere in the pitch ..it is a dog not a dinosaur


Rodes
02/10/2015 02:21
Tunisia
Manchester United
1138

hhhh are you crazy man , how the dog can muck in evrywhere in the pitch ..it is a dog not a dinosaur

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Goals

Learn about the difficult decisions a referee has to make.

Glossary

minnow - a small fish (used figuratively to compare a small team with a big team)

dog muck -  what a dog produces when it goes to the toilet (not a nice way to say this!)

unhygienic - dirty in a way that could make you sick

the bulk - the majority (most of...)

to call off - to cancel

Extension

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