Tonight marked a tightening of the running problem creeping into our game. To reiterate, this is the way a “blue” card will be served:-
a warning will be served to a player where running is perceived to have occurred (referee decision is final)
if a player is guilty in repeating the running offence they will be served a “blue card” and will be “Sin binned” for 2 mins
repeated offences of running will be met with further 2 min sin bins
repeated offences should lead to a red card and a sending off but for the time being hopefully the sin bin should be a deterrent enough.
NOT ALL RUNNING needs to be punished. Where a player or a team gains an advantage then a referee should punish the offence. As Jim stated tonight, often the run is only a few steps from standing before slowing to a walk – this is still a run
REFEREES NEED TO BE RESPECTED IN THEIR DECISIONS. A run or a high ball is of the opinion of the referee. Play to the whistle. If you’re frustrated by refereeing decisions then volunteer to have a go yourself and experience the difficult job for yourself
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