Questions and answers

7. A player is guilty of a cautionable or sending-off offence, but the referees allow play to continue in accordance with the advantage rule. When shall they caution or send off the player?
He shall be cautioned or sent off when the ball next goes out of play.

8. The referees allow play to continue in accordance with the advantage rule, even though a player has committed a cautionable offence. Play is then stopped to award a free kick to the team against which the initial offence was committed. A player takes the free kick quickly to gain an advantage. Is this permitted?
No. The referees shall not allow the kick to be taken quickly. They shall caution the player who committed the initial offence before restarting

9. May the referees show yellow or red cards during the half-time interval or after the match has fi nished?
Yes. The referees may caution or send off players until such time as they leave the pitch.

10. What action shall a referee take if the two captains agree to forego the half-time interval but one of the players insists on his right to take an interval?
Players are entitled to an interval and the referee shall guarantee this right.

11. Do referees have the authority to order team offi cials away from the lines that mark the pitch boundaries?
Yes, the referees have the right to take such measures, even if the match is being played on a public pitch.

12. A team offi cial is guilty of misconduct. What action shall the referees take?
They shall send the offi cial away from the team bench and its vicinity to a place behind the protection barriers (where such barriers exist).
The referees shall report the incident to the appropriate authorities.
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