Yellow Card

Today Harry got his first yellow card at Soccer and I have to say now that I have actually read up on what a yellow card is for, that I don’t think it was warranted .

Harry chased a boy on the opposing side down the field all the way up to the goal square neck for neck with both boy’s eyes on the ball. Just before the goal square Harry tried to kick the ball away they both slipped in the mud and tumbled over each other. Harry was awarded the yellow card (the first yellow card for our team for the season I might add) and the other boy was awarded a penalty which resulted in a goal.

The yellow card came as a hard blow for Harry, I think he felt as though he were in trouble because of it. The coach made a joke and a lot of the attention was on Harry as a result, something that he is not at all comfortable with. We tried to reassure Harry that everything was ok but the more we went on about it the more upset he became.

Needless to say it ruined the rest of our day, as Harry was too upset to want to do anything after that. A real shame as we were playing in beautiful Healesville today and the weather was beautiful so it would have been a great day out.

I wish I had asked the referee what the unsportsmanlike behavior that Harry was in breach of was, if not for any other reason as to be able to explain it to Harry.


8 thoughts on “Yellow Card

    1. Thank you, I hope so. I guess when it comes to Harry I have to remember to play things down, not draw so much attention to the issue (whatever that may be), it is hard because he doesn’t react like me.

  1. In soccer a foul can be just a clumsy challenge. There’s no need for intent. If the ref decides the opponent’s action stopped a player unfairly that is a foul. And if it was in a scoring situation – you say a penalty was awarded so that sounds likely – then a yellow card is understandable. And if that doesn’t help, well refs are human and maybe he made a mistake. Another life lesson!

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