Case Study: Card Mechanics and an Injured Player

Case Study # 24-2013
Date 19 Oct 2013
Competition Barclays Premier League
Fixture/Result West Ham 1 – 3 Manchester City
Referee/Badge Michael Oliver, FIFA
At Issue Oliver demonstrates the proper mechanics for dealing with simultaneous injury and misconduct

Michael Oliver continues to impress with his mastery of player management and match mechanics at such a young age.  This case study follows how Oliver deals with simultaneous injury and misconduct that could have quickly erupted into a flash point.

Early in the match, a fifty-fifty is being challenged by West Ham player Razvan Rat and Manchester City midfielder David Silva.  Silva’s tackle is a split second late, sending Rat into a dramatic tumble.

Immediately, some of the West Ham players (including captain Kevin Nolan) start remonstrating with Oliver for a send off.  Oliver remains calm and collected and proceeds first to check on the injured player, while simultaneously removing his yellow card from his pocket.  He respectfully keeps the yellow card behind his leg while he checks on Rat’s condition.

The removal of the yellow card communicates several important pieces of information to the players, including that the referee has made his decision, and that sanction beyond a foul is forthcoming.  This helps to set everyone’s expectations and reduces the drama inherent in waiting for a referee’s decision.

Bonus Footage!

I often try (and mostly fail) to read lips of referees and players alike to get a better read on what’s happening on the field.  Maybe I’ll have better luck with scouse accents, as I think I’ve accurately transcribed West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan’s helpful advice to Referee Oliver.


4 responses to “Case Study: Card Mechanics and an Injured Player”

  1. No SFP. Certainly a reckless challenge, owing to the mis-timing. But not a dangerous challenge, as he was clearly coming from a front angle, within line of sight of the opponent (the opponent could see the challenge coming, and has an opportunity to avoid it, if he chooses). Silva’s studs are down, leg is not elevated, only one foot in the challenge, knee bent.
    Correct decision on caution, and masterful management of the situation. Telling Nolan something like, “Thank you, I’ve got this. Please go tend to your mate.” might help


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