Post by nightrider on Sept 3, 2014 10:57:51 GMT 10
A few weeks ago we had an interesting scenario come up. Our team was attack with a corner. A few of our players go up for the ball along with the defending team. The ball is cleared away from the penalty area and takes about 15 seconds to go out to the touchline.
After the danger is cleared, one of the defenders pushes an attacker to the ground after the ball is out of the area but before the ball goes out. When the ball eventually goes out, the ref walks over to that defender warning him that if he fouls like that next time, he'll get a yellow card and he'd better cut out that behaviour. Now we applauded the ref for having a word to the defender to stamp out the aggressive play of the defender but we queried with the ref (respectfully mind you) that if the defender has committed a foul and the ball was still in play despite the ball going out, why wasn't a foul given to the attacking team. The ref responded, that the ball was cleared away so he didn't have to give the foul and it didn't matter whether the ball was in play or not.
Anyway, I'd like to see waht your thoughts were on this scenario.
Post by nightrider on Sept 3, 2014 15:21:53 GMT 10
Thanks for the responses! I suspected it was a penalty. To be fair, the ref had a fantastic game and controlled it well except for this decision. In fact initially, we all saw the foul, appealed for it but because it took a few seconds for the ball to go out of play we thought the ref missed it (or didn't think it was a penalty). It was only when the ref stopped play, called the player out right next to me that I could hear the whole conversation. It was then that we queried why it wasn't a penalty.