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LATG: What if a team official enters the field of play?

See next situation in Brazilian Serie B: a medical team offical in the match between Coxim and Ponta Porã enters the field of play during an attack in the penalty area.

What should the referee decide? Explanation is added below the video.

Team officials
Laws of the Game, page 64, about the number of players explains how to handle in situation mentioned above.

The coach and other officials on the team list (with the exception of players and substitutes) are deemend to be team officials.

If a team official enters the field of play:

  • the referee must stop play (although not immediately if the team official does not interfere with play or if the advantage can be applied)
  • the referee must have him removed from the fi eld of play and if his behaviour is irresponsible, the referee must expel him from the fi eld of playand its immediate surroundings
  • if the referee stops the match, he must restart play with a dropped ball from the position of the ball when the match was stopped, unless play was stopped inside the goal area, in which case the referee drops the ball on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when play was stopped

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