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Appendix 1 - Law 9: Sample Charges

Wording of the Charge(s)

Below are Law 9 offences that could result in a Red Card or Citing. The acts of foul play that make up the offence need to be covered in the report as this will be the focus of any hearing that might follow the Red Card, citing or warning.

Physical or verbal abuse Law 9.12

Punching or striking. A player must not strike an opponent with the hand, arm or fist, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).

The player, GREEN, struck his opponent, NORTH, with his
(open or backhand) hand
Arm (front or back of his forearm)
(closed / clenched) fist / elbow / head / knee/s

Stamping or trampling. A player must not stamp or trample on an opponent.

The player, GREEN, stamped / trampled on his opponent, NORTH, with his
(right / left)
Foot

Kicking. A player must not kick an opponent.

The player, GREEN, kicked his opponent, NORTH, with his
(right / left)
foot / leg

Tripping. A player must not trip an opponent with the leg or foot.

The player, GREEN, tripped his opponent, NORTH, with his
(right / left)
leg / foot

A ‘stiff-arm tackle’ is dangerous play. A player makes a stiff-arm tackle when using a stiff- arm to strike an opponent.

The player, GREEN, struck his opponent, NORTH, with a stiff-arm tackle using his
(right / left) arm

Dangerous tackling. A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Law 9.13

The player, GREEN, tackled his opponent, NORTH, early / late / or dangerously

A player must not tackle or attempt to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders

The player, GREEN,
tackled / attempted to tackle
his opponent, NORTH,

  • with his tackle starting above the line of the shoulders /
  • below the line of the shoulders but impacting above the line of the shoulders
  • with the tackle being around the head / neck