June 26, 2014

Video Training: Assessing the Level of Punishment - Serious Foul Play 2

The following match situation is taken from Uruguay - Costa Rica (World Cup 2014) and belongs to the category Assessing the Level of Punishment.
You are warmly encouraged to participate in discussion by answering the poll or placing a comment. Our solution for this situation including the re-start of play will be published on Saturday, 28 June.

Blue #22 lunges into White #16 with a jump and his right foot stretched with studs shown. 
He thus makes unfair contact with #16's shinbone. For this reason he used excessive force and brutality and is guilty of serious foul play. The referee should send him off with a Red Card.

Restart of play: Direct free-kick from the position where the foul occurred.

Laws of the Game, p.126 in short:
"A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play. A player who is guilty of serious foul play should be sent off."

89% of the voters agreed with this interpretation.


  1. Lunging forward with studs up, anything less than a red? SFP!

  2. Did someone seriously vote "none"?


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