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Question Number: 27496

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/31/2013

RE: competive Under 17

shane of dublin, ireland asks...

player shouts leave it /my ball whats outcome

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Shane
Nothing should happen. Players are allowed to communicate with each other and there is nothing wrong in using 'Leave it' or 'Mine' unless of course it is done deliberately to deceive or distract an opponent
Now there is a myth that players not using a name when calling for the ball is always an indirect free kick offence. There is no such offence. The only offence is the caution for verbally distracting an opponent during play or at a restart. The player must do that in an unsporting manner towards an opponent whereby the opponent is 'duped' into not playing the ball or distracted while playing the ball. That is a cautionable offence followed by an IDFK
Simply put. Did the call merit a caution. If there is no caution there cannot be an IDFK.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

Play continues. It's a myth that 'you must put a name on it'.

If a player verbally deceives an opponent - for instance, by pretending to be a teammate and saying 'leave it' - the player is cautioned and play restarted with an indirect free kick for the opponents.

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