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I got pinged a few times last year for what I call going into the contest hard but was told by the ref I was to aggresive into the contest.
A perfect example was the oppositon hoofed the ball up high with only eyes for the ball I went as hard as I could and won the header over the opposition only to be told by the ref "I didnt like your aggresion towards the ball/contest". Now if im looking up in the air at the ball the whole time I have no idea how many players are also contesting for it so I go in hard (was always taught if you go in hard you dont get hurt). Why do I get penalised for this? I dont see how its fair that I get done for being the more commited to the contest.
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2008 10:04:48 GMT 10 by DemonDoug
This is probably one of those "you have to be there" to comment. Notwithstanding that.....
The referee would consider a number of factors. Was the level of aggression appropriate for the situation? How did he position his body, arms, legs? Was the player ALWAYS just looking at the ball, or did he also have a look or peek at the opposition players - especially just before contact was made?
For the example I gave I came in from the side and made contact with the oppostion after I had left the ground and didnt know he was there untill the contact was made. I was 100% for the ball and nothing more, even the guy I hit was confussed and thought he had been called for a foul.
I just find it annoying to get called for being bigger, outweighing or just going in harder than someone else.