I was privileged to see a great game at Bootham Crescent on Saturday, York City v Plymouth - probably the best nil-nil I have ever seen. City deserved a win and held promotion contenders Plymouth playing with only ten men for most of the game.
The York central defender, Zubar was sent off and the referee's restart posed an interesting question:
Presumably there was a Plymouth foul followed by a retaliation from Zubar (head but) with a red card for violent conduct.
BUT........ the ref restarted the game with a drop ball.
Whatever happened this could not be right!
The ball was in play - in the hands of the York keeper. If the 'head but' was the first offence it should have been a penalty.
If the attacker fouled first it should have been a defence free kick.
To give a red card and no free kick is not consistent with the laws of the game and the referee should be asked to explain.
If he was so unsure of what had occurred that he had to 'cop out' with a drop ball restart surely he should not have given the red card.
The opinions of my Australian colleagues will be most appreciated on this one.
Happy New Year & regards to all from the old country
Here a scenario that could explain the dropped ball. The whistle went off as the headbutt took place (or a very very short moment later). The ref foresaw what was about to happen and decided to stop play to calm things down so in his mind the headbutt was after he stopped play. In such case the correct restart would be a dropped ball.