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High Tackle


  • The referee should assess that foul play has occurred since it is not an accident.
  • It is a high tackle, since the tackler’s arm is used.
  • Head contact has occurred, from the tackler’s shoulder.
  • The degree of danger is high based on the video signs: Tackler may leave the ground
  • Tackler is attempting an active/dominant tackle, as opposed to passive/soak, or “pulling out” of contact - Tackler speed and/or acceleration into tackle is high - Tackler completes the tackle (as opposed to immediate release/withdrawal).

Initial decision:

Red card


Factors against: tackler and BC in open space, tackler has clear line of sight and time before contact

Factors for: BC suddenly drops in height

Factors against outweigh factors for (the time and space that the tackler had outweighs the drop) so no mitigation and sanction not reduced by one level

Final decision:

Red card