Case Study: Standing Over An Opponent

Standing over an opponent is usually an attempt by a player to intimidate or threaten, and as such, must be dealt with firmly and quickly by the referee.

Howard Webb (ENG) gives us a textbook example of how this is done.

Note the short, sharp whistle blasts, the quick presence, and then the firm point to the Brazil defender.  This was almost certainly accompanied by a firm verbal command to leave the area.

This is one of those “little things” that referees at the top level always seem to get right.

4 responses to “Case Study: Standing Over An Opponent”

  1. It might have been the only thing he did right in the match then… taking away that goal from Hulk was criminal.


  2. Is that a joke? The disallowed goal by Webb and Mullarkey was a super call.
    To be honest, I am not Webb’s biggest fan, but he was superb in this match


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