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Downgrading DOGSO

There once was a time when all DOGSO ended up with a red card. But not any more. If there was a DOGSO offence inside the penalty area and if there was an attempt to play the ball, the red card is downgraded to a yellow card. But if the offence was handball or there was no attempt to play the ball (such as holding, pushing, and pulling), then a red card is still given. So it is very important for the referee to know what the foul was. “It looks like a foul so I will just give a PK” is not good enough. 

Watch the video clip below and consider what color card the referee should give.

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