|Case Study #||1-2013|
|Date||1 Jan 2013|
|Competition||Barclays Premier League|
|Fixture/Result||Wigan Athletic 0 – 4 Manchester United|
|Referee/Badge||Andre Marriner, FIFA|
|At Issue||Should Manchester United defender Chris Smalling have been sent off for DOGSO-F in the 81st minute?|
In the 81st minute of this match, play quickly switched from one end of the field to the other, as Wigan cleared the ball out of their own penalty area and played a long ball forward. Wigan striker Kone is clearly fouled by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. Referee Andre Marriner whistled for the foul and issued a caution to Smalling.
For your consideration and discussion is whether a caution was the correct sanction or if a send-off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity by commission of a foul was warranted.
Recall that the considerations for DOGSO-F are:
[box]Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick.
In order for a player or substitute to be sent off for denying an “obvious goal scoring opportunity by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick” (number 5 under the seven send-off offenses), four elements must be present:
- Number of Defenders: not more than one defender between the foul and the goal, not counting the defender who committed the foul
- Distance to goal: the closer the foul is to the goal, the more likely it is an obvious goal scoring opportunity
- Distance to ball: the attacker must have been close enough to the ball at the time of the foul to continue playing the ball
- Direction of play: the attacker must have been moving toward the goal at the time the foul was committed
If any element is missing, there can be no send off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Further, the presence of each of these elements must be “obvious” in order for the send-off to be appropriate under this provision of Law 12.
“12.37 JUDGING AN OBVIOUS GOALSCORING OPPORTUNITY.” Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game. US Soccer Federation Referee Program. Revised 2011. Chicago: United States Soccer Federation, Inc., 2011. 63. Print.[/box]
These guidelines are commonly referred to as “The Four D’s”. In your opinion, were the Four D’s met in this scenario?