Applying the citing methodology
The process requires you to address the various aspects of the incident in a chronological order, identifying what each participant has done, for example:
- Set the Scene;
- Describe what the alleged offending player is doing prior to and during the incident;
- Describe what was the impacted player was doing;
- Describe the physical act
- Describe the effect of the act;
- Describe what did the match officials did, if anything; and
- Describe what did the team medical staff did, if anything.
This will create your description of the incident. Once done, turn to the post-incident consideration.
- Describe your actions, calibration/correlation;
- Describe your thought processes in detail; and
- Set out what your conclusion is regarding the alleged act of foul play.
Two examples are set out below. The first one relates to a lifting (tip) tackle incident and the second one relates to charging with no use of arms.
The Action and Analysis columns are a useful step-by-step process to cover the essential aspects of a citing investigation.