Answers to yesterday’s You Are the Ref

If you missed the quiz yesterday, take a look. Below are the answers courtesy Keith Hackett and the UK’s Guardian.

Keith Hackett’s verdict

1) Tricky. The striker may have faked the whole thing to put the keeper off, but you’d have to be very sure before taking action against him. Technically, he has taken the kick in one movement and scored a valid penalty and the keeper should not have dropped his guard – so award the goal. Thanks to Philip Hawthorn.
2) The manager can indeed replace him in the starting line-up with one of his named substitutes. It just means that his side now has one fewer substitute. Calm everyone down before starting the game and include full details in your report.
3) Award a penalty for deliberate handball – and caution one of the two players for the offence. This is one piece of advice referees often give to defensive walls – it’s fine to deliberately make themselves larger by jumping when the kick is taken, but if their hands are raised in the process the dangers are obvious.

You Are the Ref

It has been a long while since we posted a You Are the Ref, from the UK’s Guardian, created by Keith Hackett and artist Paul Trevillion. Long overdue, Here is a teaser for you. We’ll post the answer tomorrow.

Answers to yesterday’s You Are The Ref

Yesterday we posted another installment of The Guardian UK’s You are the Ref cartoon. The answers to the puzzlers are below:

1) Organise medical help – then deal with what happened. The simple facts are these: you didn’t see the incident and you’re not allowed to use TV evidence during a match. So advise both clubs that you will be reporting the incident to the authorities and make sure that the video evidence is retained. If the injured sub cannot continue, he cannot be replaced on the bench by another squad member as the game is under way.

2) Again, get medical help for the defender, then show him a red card for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. The defender’s action was deliberate; the striker accidentally caused the injury. Restart with a direct free-kick to the attacking side, or a penalty if the incident took place inside the area.

3) It’s poor refereeing – you should have stopped play and ordered a retake when the wall encroached. As it is, you’ve now no choice but to rule the attacker offside. When he received the ball in that position he was gaining an advantage, so has to be penalised. It’s tough on him, and reflects badly on you, but you have to restart with an indirect free-kick to the defence.

You Are The Ref (for the weekend)

To kick off your weekend (no pun intended) we bring you an installment of The Guardian UK’s You are the Ref. See if you can figure out how to respond in these stick situations. Answers tomorrow!


Answers to yesterday’s You Are the Ref

If you missed yesterday’s You Are the Ref quiz, take a quick look here before you peek at then answers below. (Courtesy The Guardian UK).

1) This is an act of violent conduct and you need to deal with it decisively. First, play advantage – if the home forward scores, award the goal, then send off the away striker who threw the punch. If not, stop the game, send off the striker and restart with a direct free kick to the home team from where the punch was thrown. Adam Dietz wins the shirt.
2) Unsporting behaviour or a clever stretch of the rules? It’s a tight call. The laws state: “Feinting to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted as part of football. However, if, in the opinion of the referee, the feinting is considered an act of unsporting behaviour, the player must be cautioned.” You can make a case for and against allowing this goal, but on the basis that he kicked the ball as soon as he reached it, and that ‘favouring’ the attacking side makes sense at a penalty where the defending side have committed an offence, I would allow it. The keeper should not have dropped his guard.
3) Ignore the flag – signal and shout play on. The player has deliberately left the field without your permission for tactical reasons – so for the purposes of judging offside, he is considered to be on the goal-line. When the ball next goes dead, show the defender a yellow card.

You Are the Ref for the weekend

We thought we’d share one of our favorite comic strips, courtesy of The Guardian UK, and Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion. Answers to the questions posed tomorrow!


Answer to yesterday’s You Are the Ref

Yesterday’s You Are the Ref posed a question about some pretty bad behavior directed to the referee. Think you know the answers to how to handle it? Here is Keith Hackett’s verdict.

1) You always have the option of handing over to a colleague for fitness reasons, or if you suspect that some other issue has clouded your judgment. But this is most definitely not one of those situations. Tell them that if they refuse to continue you will abandon the game and report the club to the authorities. It’s a simple warning: if their actions cause the game to be called off, they can expect severe sanctions.
2) The manager made a sensible decision here: had the player actually crossed the line it would have been a second yellow for leaving the field of play without permission – and therefore a red. But as it is, given that play was not live, it makes sense to allow him to be subbed, despite the extremely late notice.
3) The defender’s foul took place before the offside offence, so the striker cannot be declared offside – you always punish the first offence. So, in the circumstances, you can react to that first offence by playing advantage, even though the striker is in an offside position when he takes control of the ball. Once the passage of play has concluded, show the defender a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

Another You Are the Ref from The Guardian

Let’s hope none of our youth soccer referees ever encounter this situation! Answers to the questions tomorrow. Courtesy Guardian UK, Keith Hackett, Paul Trevillion.

You are the Ref Jon Moss


Answer to yesterday’s You Are the Ref

Yesterday, we posted an issue of The Guardian UK’s You Are the Ref. If you missed it, click here. Below are Keith Hackett’s answers:

1) Not a penalty as the ball is not in play. If you have not seen the incident and think he might be play-acting, take the injured player to one side with his captain. Remind them that you expect them to participate in the game in a fair and equitable manner. Ignore the appeals. If you have seen the incident, send off the defender for violent conduct. Either way, restart with the corner-kick.
2) Ignore any such comments at half-time. However, the referee is at fault here. He should have ensured before kick-off that the goalkeeper is easily distinguished from his team-mates and the opposition and is wearing a jersey or shirt with long sleeves, which is now the requirement for all players.
3) The offence has occurred off the field. So stop play and caution the defender for unsporting behaviour, holding the forward, and restart play with a dropped ball. If you deem that the forward would have gained possession of the ball and has been denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity as he was well ahead of the chasing pack then send the defender off.

Another edition of You Are the Ref

The Guardian UK and Paul Hackett bring Paul Trevillion’s classic back to life. We’ll bring you the answers tomorrow.

You Are The Ref