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7. The refereeing team allow an unnamed substitute to enter the pitch and he scores a goal. What action shall the referees take?

7.1. If they realise their mistake before play has been restarted:
The goal shall not be awarded. They shall instruct the player to leave the pitch. The player who has been substituted may return to the pitch
or be replaced by another named substitute in accordance with the substitution procedure. Play shall be restarted with a dropped ball on the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the ball entered the goal.

7.2. If they realise their mistake during the match but after play has been restarted:
The goal shall be awarded. The referees shall instruct the player to leave the pitch. The player who has been substituted may return to the pitch or be replaced by another named substitute in accordance with the substitution procedure. The match shall continue and the referee shall report the incident to the appropriate authorities. If play was stopped for this purpose, it shall be restarted with a dropped ball at the place where the ball was located when play was stopped*.

7.3. If they realise their mistake after the match:
The goal shall be awarded. The referee shall report the incident to the appropriate authorities.

8. A substitute enters the pitch and his team plays with an extra onfi eld player. While the ball is in play, an opponent strikes him with excessive force. What action shall the referees take?
They shall stop play, send off the player for violent conduct, caution the substitute for entering the fi eld of play without the referees’ permission and instruct him to leave the pitch. The match shall be restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the place where the ball was located when play was stopped *.

9. Player no. 4 is to be replaced by player no. 7. Player no. 4 leaves the pitch via the substitution zone. Before entering the pitch, player no. 7 strikes an opponent standing on the touch line with excessive force. What action shall the referees take?
They shall show player no. 7 the red card and send him off for violent conduct. Player no. 4 may be replaced by another eligible substitute or may continue as a player, as the substitution was not completed.
 
 
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