Did anyone see David Villa's goal against Sth Africa in the Confederations Cup?
I think the referee should have sent him for his celebration. He clearly kicked the corner flag down in a violent manner in which the corner flag came out of the ground and could have really hurt someone. To me that is violent conduct and its a shame that the referee didn't do something.
A player is guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball. He is also guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against a team-mate, spectator, match official or any other person.
The Spanish player only risked hurting himself if he kicked the flag post. Referee did not need to take action of David Villa's celebratory action and risk appearing to be a spoil sport. There's nothing in the LOTG that indicates this behaviour as offensive. As long as there was no excessive time wasting, resume kick-off.
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2009 11:47:37 GMT 10 by rhythmlynx
this is not specifically relative but (i cant remmeber which game specifically) but a player upon scoring left the FOP and continued by jumping over the advertisment (and many photographers who were sitting beind it) to complete his celebration, now apart from it being very dangerous the to photographers in such games where is the perimeter fence considered to be is it the advertising surrounding the ground or is it the stand (which in athletic stadiums can be 30-40 m behind the goals