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George P.

"the field was not rectangular.."
has nothing to do with this:
"...the defender lets fly with a third stream of invective at another "offside" situation, again shouting: "You're a f***in' joke!" "

According to Law 5, the facts regarding offside are whatever the ref says they are.

Hasn't everyone done games where the field looks a little 'off', either because it is a little off, or because the grass is cut at something other than right angles? Neither calling the game off, nor relining the field is a real option. In these situations, the referee should, during his informal pregame chat with the teams, say something like: "The lines on the field are a little off today, please be aware that what you think is offside and what the AR thinks is offside may not be the same. And, we are going to go with what the AR thinks. OK, guys?"

[And the players will behave like reasonable people and not protest any decision they don't agree with, simply because you asked them to !
Far better that you prevent the possibility of a problem, and besides which, fix the field now so that you don 't have the same problem next week and the week after that. RE)

Of course, even if the Ref does not do this, abusive language is still abusive language.

pat smith

In 1994 the following contents appeared in a book entitled"The Assessors challenge":
It is certainly not your task as an assessor to ignore the written law concerning offensive,abusive, and insulting language on the grounds that you personally disagree with the law. If you do disagree, may i suggest that you are at best contributing to the inconsistency of which referees are often accused, while at worst you may be acting as some kind of an anarchist.
The only way this game can survive,and continue in a healthy manner is for all of us note what the law says, and act accordingly. You may not always know whether
the referee heard a particular comment, but if you watch his reaction after a player, or club official has made an offensive remark,you should be much more
positive whether he heard it or not. As an assessor you are an observer of human nature with all its reactions to situations, so referees are pretty certain what you might be thinking.

Dustin Edwards

I'm not sure how you could tell whether or not a field is rectangular. It's simply too big for a human without measuring equipment to accurately judge. Unless it was off by some serious extremes, but then I guess it wouldn't matter much if it wasn't, at least not enough for it to affect offside calls. By the way since your latest entries about red cards and such I've had a game on Wednesday and a game today. High School playoffs, in each game I gave a red card. Wednesdays was great, while falling to the ground a player spun on a player holding him kicking him right square in the skull. I ran up and gave the red card quickly and sent off the player with no further incident. After laying on the ground for 5 minutes the injured player finally sat up, and asked if his assailant had been given a red card. He also didn't return to the game and sat on the sideline with an obvious concussion.

Todays red card was just sad. Attacker coming towards the opposing goalie who cleared the ball easily, but the attacker decided she didn't want to stop. Instead she slid cleats up into the keepers ankles upending her rather spectacularly. I was only 10 yards away despite it being a break away play, gave her a red card after she tried slinking away without showing any remorse. It was the only card and really the only foul of the match. The goalie didn't get up for 3 minutes, and was shaking uncontrollably.

After the game I was treated by yells from the team that it should have been a yellow card though, oh well guess I'm just mean.

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