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    Only problem with this article is that you're merely preaching to the converted as barely a diddly squat of spectators will read it....shame about that, they might have learnt something.

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    Ah, not true. It's running as an advert and already has 524 views via other mediums, & Brian Moore has tweeted about the irony of having to explain 'Clear & obvious".

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    Personally I am not a fan of the clear and obvious mantra.

    What about an offence that is perfectly clear but not at all obvious ? You are going to blow, right..

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    It's not mean to be broken down into individual bits. It's a term to mean unless I am 100% sure I am not blowing this whistle.

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    It's something of a tautology. But a useful tool none the less.

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    Default Re: Article: Understanding 'Clear & Obvious'

    Even if an event is obvious it is not always clear. Therein lies the difficulty.

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    If it is clear that it is a Penalty offence then it is obvious that it is a Penalty offence.

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    You see a punch land: It is both clear and obvious that a punch has landed therefore a Penalty offence has occured.

    Alternatively:

    A player come out of a maul with a bloody nose it is both clear and obvious that something happened. It its neither clear nor obvious what that "something" was.

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    If you see a crafty punch to the kidneys, that no one else has noticed, it's clear.. But it wasn't obvious

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    Default Re: Article: Understanding 'Clear & Obvious'

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    If you see a crafty punch to the kidneys, that no one else has noticed, it's clear. But it wasn't obvious
    It was obvious to you. On the scenario you propose nothing would be C & O as someone somewhere in the ground will not see it. C & O must be seen from the referee's perspective.

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