Extraordinary situation in the Premier League match between Norwich City and Cardiff City. A few minutes in extra time of the second half, Ricky van Wolfswinkel throws in for Norwich after the ball was kicked out for an injury. Leroy Fer receives the ball and scores, where most players expect him to pass the ball back. Then referee Mike Jones disallows to goal and makes clear that he did not give a whistle/signal to start play again.
The throw-in needed to be re-taken. No more goals were scored, so the match ended in a goalless 0-0.
Check the situation here:
An anonymous reaction on Twitter: “Well done to Mike Jones. Not technically correct in law, but quick thinking and common sense to find a way of retaking the throw.”
The referee got support from other tweeting referees.
Very sensible refereeing from Michael Jones in the Cardiff Norwich game!
— Luke Irelan-Hill (@lukey868) October 26, 2013
Leroy Fer. Everything that's wrong with football now. Sportsman first. Result second.
— Sam Johnson (@samjohnson23) October 26, 2013
But what do the Laws of the Game say about restarting play? In the LATG under “Use of whistle”: the whistle is needed to restart play after it has been stopped due to:
- the issue of a yellow or red card for misconduct
The ball went out because there was an injury. Anyone heared a whistle from the referee to restart play?
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay claimed ‘common sense from referee Mike Jones prevailed’, he told Daily Mail.
And what did Leroy Fer think of the whole situation? “I wanted to win the game”. Check full interview with him in video below.
Mike Jones was appointed as fourth official the week after this incident. It was for the Arsenal – Liverpool top clash. Is that a demotion? On the 9th of November, one week later, he will referee Liverpool – Fulham.
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