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!


Walking one mile a day leads to an A

This is according to a new study done by The Guardian UK, and brought to us by our partners, PHIT It turns out that even just a little physical exercise each day leads to better concentration by students in school and better grades.

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.

Friday fun: You Are the Ref

We love to bring you these occasionally and today’s is a good one. Take a look at the cult classic cartoon which was started in 1957 by Paul Trevillion and is now published in the UK’s Guardian under the supervision of Keith Hackett. We’ll have Keith’s answers for  you tomorrow.

You are the Ref Steph Houghton