You are the Ref Roy Hodgson answers

Here are Keith Hackett’s answers to yesterday’s “You Are the Ref puzzler”. If you missed it, you can view it here.

1) Under the old interpretation of the offside law your assistant would have flagged the moment the ball was played towards the striker. But these days an offside offence is not committed until the player involved becomes active. Therefore, as play was still live, this defender is guilty of a straightforward deliberate handball. Award a penalty and a yellow card. It’s not a red because, had the ball reached the striker, he would then have been flagged – so there was no goalscoring opportunity.
2) Look at it like this: the ball is in contact with his hand inside the penalty area while play is live, and the action was deliberate – so award a penalty. The fact that the offence started outside the box is irrelevant. Show him a yellow card. Thanks to James Bloodworth.
3) First, delay the corner then call both players over to you. Show them a yellow card each – unless the defender pushed the striker in the face, which would be a red card. As play was not live, you don’t need to worry about awarding a penalty: restart with the original corner.

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