If there is at least 5 minutes of injury time, but the team that is losing doesn't want the extra time added, what should the referee do?

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    Is this question about football? – gbianchi Jun 5 '19 at 18:32

What either team wants is irrelevant. Time is determined by the referee alone, and the added time exists for a reason: to make up the playing time lost by excessive stoppages. The time should be added on, and played out.

A sensible referee may know enough about the competition to be aware of what impact a change to the score might have, but even in the case that it has no effect on any standings, should not reduce the game just on a whim.

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  • As a referee in rugby union I am aware of games state and likely effect on the league and will very definitely use my discretion to not pay injury time or other over time. – Ben Whyall Jun 9 '19 at 9:46
  • As the question assumes the existence of added time, it is obviously not about rugby, which doesn't have it, so I'm not sure how that is relevant here. – Nij Jun 9 '19 at 10:06
  • hi. Please see laws.worldrugby.org/?law=5 section 5 and 6 we have added time and injury time. In the professional game there is a time keeper who stops and starts the clock based on the referees instructions. This is purely for TV. At amature level we keep track and play. So I have a watch that gives me two timers. Elapsed time and stop start. – Ben Whyall Jun 9 '19 at 10:47

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