|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.
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.