Answers to yesterday’s puzzler

Below are the answers to yesterday’s You Are the Ref, courtesy of The Guardian UK.

1) At the risk of making yourself look daft, you really have to intervene here. At the next stoppage, ask the bear to remove his head so you can see who is inside. If it is the banned manager, order him to leave the stadium and report what has happened to the authorities. If not, instruct the mascot to cool down, and stay away from the pitch perimeter.
2) It depends how he has dropped on the ball. If he has used his hands, penalise him for handling the back-pass by awarding an indirect free-kick – it doesn’t matter that he went on a dribble first. But if he has just used his body to drop on the ball and shield it from an opponent, you need to see what happens next. If he gets up and clears the ball without handling it, and without the opponent challenging him, play on. But if an opponent tries kicking the ball from under him, you have to stop the game. In that situation, the keeper has created a dangerous situation (a danger to himself), so penalise him for dangerous play – again with an indirect free-kick.
3) Reader John Thornhill says this happened in a game he was refereeing, and he responded by stopping play and ordering a retaken corner. He says the defending side were furious – but he was right. The flag post needs to be in the correct position when the ball is kicked. This is one of those unusual situations which show how you need a good knowledge of the laws, and the ability to think on your feet.

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