Clarification of the Committee of Referees of the UAF regarding the interpretation of the game episodes by the referees of the match of the 8th round of the first league of the PFL and the matches of the 7th round of the Vbet League-2023/2024

The chief arbitration expert of the UAF, Nicola Rizzoli, commented on the refereeing episodes duel Vbet of the 8th round of the First League PFL "Bukovyna" - "Agrobusiness" and the matches of the 7th round Leagues-2023/2024 "Kryvbas" - "Veres", "Shakhtar" - "Obolon", "LNZ" - "Rukh" and "Alexandria" - "Pass by."

PFL First League. 8th round

"Bukovyna" — "Agrobusiness". The referee is Artem Mykhailiuk.

8 minutes.

Decisions on the field: there is no violation.

The right decision: no violation.

Explanation/reasoning: the attacker, who enters the penalty area from the left, passes to the center of the penalty area, and the defender, in an attempt to start a fight with him, has full control of his own body, and hits the ball in his left hand, which is close to the body and is in a natural position behind the body . There is no movement of the hand to the ball, so this dynamic should be considered a natural movement of the hand, which is not withdrawn or that increases the volume of one's own body. It should also be emphasized that a martial arts defender is on his feet and running, fully controlling his own body movements. For the above reasons, the referee's decision is correct because it is a hand-ball contact that does not deserve a penalty.

WHERE: If VAR was working at the match, it would limit itself to checking the video and making sure that the referee made the right decision (silent check).

Vbet League. 7th round

"Kryvbas" - "Heath". The referee is Anastasia Romaniuk.

32 minutes.

Decisions on the field: free kick without a card.

The right decision: penalty without a card.

Explanation/reasoning: the referee awards a free kick for a violation in the form of a handball judged to have occurred outside the penalty area. In this case, the contact between the hand and the ball is such that it deserves a penalty, because the defender's hand is slightly back in an attempt to create an obstacle with his own body, and he risks staying on the path of the shot and not controlling his own body. In this case, the hand increases the hitting surface and obstacles in an unnatural way. It is correct to consider this situation of sleight of hand as deserving of punishment.

WHERE: VAR correctly intervenes to show once again that the situation occurred inside the penalty area and not outside it (as judged by the referee on the pitch). The correct decision, according to the new recommendations of UEFA, is a penalty without a yellow card (PNP - review on the field).

"Shakhtar" - "Obolon". The referee is Mykola Balakin.

54 minutes.

Decisions on the field: free kick without a card.

The right decision: no violation/no card.

Explanation/reasoning: the referee awards a free kick for a violation in the form of a handball judged to have occurred outside the penalty area. Also in this episode, the defender in an attempt to create an obstacle takes a risk by staying on the path of the shot and not controlling his own body. However, in this case, the hand does not increase the hitting area, as it is completely pressed to the chest (if the ball had hit the other, right hand, it would have been completely different). It is correct to consider this hand-to-ball contact situation as not deserving of a penalty.

WHERE: the referee waits before blowing the whistle to check for an advantage. VAR correctly intervenes, giving the referee the opportunity to check that the ball touched the left hand (no penalty) and not the right. The correct solution is the following: no violation and no card (PNP - view on the field).

"LNZ" — "Rukh". The referee is Oleksandr Kalonov.

90 + 1 min

Decisions on the field: no violation/goal

The right decision: no violation/goal.

Explanation/reasoning: the referee correctly ruled that both situations were not punishable and continued the play leading to the goal. The first episode is a contact between the feet of the players, which, of course, is not punishable by either of them, as they were fighting for the ball. Football is a contact sport, and neither of the two displayed intemperate behavior towards an opponent. Play was resumed correctly. As a result of minor contact, both players lost their balance and fell. At the same time, the attacker touches the ball with his supporting right hand, which he leans on the lawn to hold on to, so it does not deserve a penalty. It should be emphasized that the contact occurs when the ball has practically stopped, and therefore it cannot help to control it. Therefore, the correct decision was to continue the play that led to the goal. It should be noted that the goal was scored according to the rules, as it was done by a teammate (No. 9 "LNZ"), and at the same time there was no "immediacy". If No. 9, after touching the ball, immediately scored a goal, then it should be canceled due to the touch of the hand due to the fact of "immediacy".

VAR: in in this case, VAR is limited to video review, as the actions are completely correct throughout the development of PFAD (PFAD is the initial phase of attacking actions).

"Alexandria" — "Mynai". The referee is Oleksandr Sandor.

90 + 7 min

Decisions on the field: finish the game

The right decision: continue the game.

Explanation/reasoning: the referee allows a corner kick in the 90th + 7th minute, and since the ball was passed to the middle of the penalty area, according to the methodical recommendations of the UAF Referee Committee, the game should have continued until the ball was kicked out of the penalty area or fields. In this case, the referee made a mistake and whistled while the ball was still in the penalty area (perhaps he mistakenly believed that it had crossed the goal line), he should have given the opportunity to end the action.

WHERE: unfortunately, VAR has no right to intervene after the referee has blown the whistle to end the game (outside the VAR protocol).

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