A referee in the match between German teams SV Sandhausen and VfR Aalen gets the ball in his face.
The referee whistled for a foul and the player was taking the freekick very quickly. He shot the referee, who was standing close-by right in his face. You can see the referee whistled after he was hit by the ball.
How would you handle the situation? Would you give a red card for kick the ball against the referee’s head?
In the Laws of the Game there’s some info about taking a free-kick quickly:
“If a player decides to take a free kick quickly and an opponent who is less than 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball intercepts it, the referee must allow play to continue.”
And: “If a player decides to take a free kick quickly and an opponent who is near the ball deliberately prevents him taking the kick, the referee must caution the player for delaying the restart of play.”
It says nothing about kicking the ball against the referee. Good suggestion by @youthsoccerref:
@dutchreferee If *not on purpose* & ref able to immediately continue, why stop play? If ref must stop play, then restart w/drop ball.
— Soccer Referee (@youthsoccerref) July 29, 2013