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Hair Strike.

Hair Strike

Hair Strike

During a top-flight game, an away team player dashes up to you in a fury, complaining that when he went up for a header, his opponent’s long bleached dreadlocks (his hair) caught him in the eye. He says they’re dangerous, and the player shouldn’t be allowed to play on with his hair ‘all over the place’.
What do you do?

 

You are the ref

Read the statements below and decide what to do. What should you do this time?
Do nothing at all.

Well done! This is the correct answer.

Keith Hackett: There’s nothing in the laws of the game to cover this particular point, and if, in your judgment, the dreadlocks don’t represent a danger to other players, you should not intervene.

Order the player to cut his dreadlocks off.

Sorry - that's not the right answer.

Keith Hackett: There’s nothing in the laws of the game to cover this particular point, and if, in your judgment, the dreadlocks don’t represent a danger to other players, you should not intervene.

 

 

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josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
18/11/2019
VE
581
points

Long hair and dreadlocks have been a tradition in football players. If there's nothing else in the hair, players can use it without a problem.


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josegsalass
18/11/2019 02:41
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

Long hair and dreadlocks have been a tradition in football players. If there's nothing else in the hair, players can use it without a problem.

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MasterHuflit
24/05/2018
VN
40
points

I'm pretty sure that's one of the plans of the manager


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MasterHuflit
24/05/2018 04:48
Vietnam
Liverpool
40

I'm pretty sure that's one of the plans of the manager

mgsein
10/12/2017
MM
41
points

Hair is not a big problem.


mgsein
10/12/2017 13:35
Myanmar
Manchester United
41

Hair is not a big problem.

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kwesimanifest
02/07/2016
GH
4752
points

I believe there's no law like that.


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kwesimanifest
02/07/2016 11:08
Ghana
Manchester United
4752

I believe there's no law like that.

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

That is correct.


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assemjuve
04/04/2016 04:06
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

That is correct.

nikosonris
16/11/2015
UA
2453
points

That's an advantage players like Bafetimbi Gomis and David Luiz are making use of.


nikosonris
16/11/2015 13:20
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

That's an advantage players like Bafetimbi Gomis and David Luiz are making use of.

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