Cautions

These offences are reported on the Multi Caution Match Report Form using the Caution Code (C1–C7)  as appropriate.

 

1. Unsporting behaviour (Law 12, C1)

 

This includes a multitude of offences, contrary to the spirit of the Law. It includes examples of deliberately tripping, pushing, charging or impeding; indeed, the committing of any of the penal offences, time wasting (not time consuming) kicking the ball away or into goal after play has been stopped, etc.

 

2. Shows dissent by word or action (Law 12, C2)

 

You should consider 2 possibilities:

 

(a) the spontaneous  reaction of disappointment by a player for which a word of advice may be sufficient;

(b) open, hostile disagreement by word (“that was rubbish referee”) or by action (sarcastic clapping) against  your decision for which a caution MUST be issued.

 

Note: If offensive, insulting or abusive language is used in dissent, then the player MUST be
sent from the field of play.

 

3. Persistentlyinfringes the Laws of the Game (Law 12, C3)

 

A player who persistently infringes the Laws of the Game is one who continues to offend and who will previously have had this matter drawn to his/her attention.*

 

* It is often advised, as a useful guide, that persistent infringement could imply a number of offences (3 or 4) committed in a short space of time. However, a higher number of offences committed over 90 minutes could result in the same sanction being applied.

 

Referees are advised to also consider the timing between the offences when invoking this element of  Law 12.

 

4. Delays the restart  of play (Law 12, C4)

 

A player who  deliberately delays the restart of play, e.g. preventing an opponent from taking  a free kick by standing in front of the ball, MUST be cautioned.

 

5. Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick  (Law 12, C5)

 

A player who approaches too close to the ball or fails to retire the correct distance from the ball at the taking of such kicks must be cautioned.

 

6. Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee’s permission (Law 12, C6)

 

7. Leaves the field  of play without the referee’s permission (Law 12, C7)

 

These offences are, comparatively speaking, rare and it is emphasised that the referee should only punish deliberate breaches of this clause. A player who wishes to leave the field of play, in order to receive treatment, should first request permission from the referee.