A controversial sending off in last Friday’s APOEL Vs Omonoia football game is the focus of today’s Laws of the Game.
Was Aloneftis’ 2nd yellow card warranted?
Under the Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines to Referees this is what the referee had to take in mind with regards to the tackle:
Careless, reckless, using excessive force
“Careless” means that the player has shown a lack of attention or
consideration when making a challenge or that he acted without precaution.
• No further disciplinary sanction is needed if a foul is judged to be careless
“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the
danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.
• A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned
“Using excessive force” means that the player has far exceeded the necessary
use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent.
• A player who uses excessive force must be sent off
In my eyes the ref’s decision for a 2nd yellow card was correct as i think it ticks the first 2 criteria above, because even if he does get the ball as he “jumps” with both feet, studs showing. It was “careless and reckless”.
I am not sure about the final criterion though i.e. “Using excessive force”, although he does jump to make the tackle.