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Striking an Official

What does Striking an Official Mean?

A football term that refers a penalty incurred when a player makes intentional and aggressive physical contact with a referee before, after or during a play.


Sporting Charts explains Striking an Official

The penalty for striking an official is fifteen yards and the player responsible is typically ejected from the game. While the penalty indicates that striking (hitting) or pushing an official will incur the penalty, any aggressive physical contact by a player with a referee is often grounds for the penalty being called. Like certain penalties such as unsportsmanlike conduct, judgment with regards to the penalty is the domain of the umpiring crew.

The penalty exists as a necessary protection for referees who are often caught in the middle of plays or in close proximity to players following a potentially controversial call.

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