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!


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, 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.

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

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.

You Are The Ref Wayne Rooney

We have a couple more installments coming of The Guardian UK’s “You Are the Ref”,  the classic from Paul Trevillion. Answers will follow each day.

You are the Ref Wayne Rooney

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.