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    Is there a specific law that says the referee stops the clock when issuing a card? In every match I’ve watched, you see the ref blow their whistle, signal a penalty, raise their hands to signify time off, and then call on captain and offending player to issue the card.....but I can't find a specific law about this, so is it just an adopted practice and not a standard rule?

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    There is no law and no set practice. The only reason you would stop the watch is if you want to check something or consult with an AR if you have one. If you are sure of your decision show the card and get on with the game.
    Some people believe that you have to tell the captain the reason etc. A myth.
    Not perhaps relevant at your level but at the level I observe and above you would certainly get a negative comment if you keep stopping unnecessarily.
    By all means stop the watch after you have issued a card if it is necessary to deal with an injury etc.
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    No specific law as far as I'm aware....
    But it is just a good management procedure and an accepted practice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decorily View Post
    No specific law as far as I'm aware....
    But it is just a good management procedure and an accepted practice!
    It isn’t at the level I observe as I have said above. Just a myth. Get on with the game.

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    You do see a few more stoppages at Televised matches because, as mentioned above, there tends to be more consultation about the exact nature of any card or the TMO has intervened. At a straightforward YC it a case of get on with it.

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    I don't stop the clock for a card, and I don't stop the clock for a quick word with the captains either.

    Only for
    - injury
    - retrieving a lost ball (over fence, in hedge etc)
    - (judiciously) when one team is trying to waste time, so that they don't succeed

    I think at my level players generally want to get on with the game

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    All for getting on with the game....
    But if I feel that stopping the game , taking the time to properly identify the offender and noting the offence and other details which will assist me in writing a report after a sending off, then that's what I'm doing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decorily View Post
    All for getting on with the game....
    But if I feel that stopping the game , taking the time to properly identify the offender and noting the offence and other details which will assist me in writing a report after a sending off, then that's what I'm doing!
    Yes I can see more reason for doing it at a RC at L5 and below. I was focusing mainly on YC. At L4 and above there is a fourth official that notes such things as time and offence. (The latter being confirmed after the match before it is officially recorded.)

    If you are not sure about a number/player then that would come under ‘consultation’ as far as I’m concerned then by all means stop the watch. I’m just stressing that it is not a law or a set, laid down practice and that in general stopping a game unecessarily is deemed a negative aspect of your management.
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    Default Re: Clock

    I'm not a ref so probably shouldn't be commenting but I wonder if refs might do this to let everyone know they won't allow a quickly taken penalty? Although I've seen several examples of teams taking it quickly anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decorily View Post
    All for getting on with the game....
    But if I feel that stopping the game , taking the time to properly identify the offender and noting the offence and other details which will assist me in writing a report after a sending off, then that's what I'm doing!
    I time off after a RC (so rare I forgot to add that)

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