You Are The Ref Wayne Rooney 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) This is a club decision, so the manager is entitled to take that view – but you do have a duty of care. If you feel that this defender genuinely cannot continue for the corner kick without receiving some medical attention, then you have the option of bypassing the club physio and calling for a stretcher. That alone may make the manager change his mind. Thanks to Philip Taylor.
2) Award the goal. There’s nothing in the laws that says the kick taker must be facing the keeper. Thanks to Alan Fenwick for this question, who says his dad saw Len Shackleton do this at Roker Park in the 50s. I know Len is revered in Sunderland – I once had to break up a fight between a Sunderland fan and a Newcastle fan arguing over whether he was the best all-time great centre forward. You have to admire the passion in that part of the world.
3) Show some common sense, and tell these opportunistic opponents to leave the officiating to you. Ask the player to remove the shirt, which was clearly a joke, and only consider cautioning him if he shows any dissent. Include it in your report.

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