If during the build-up to a goal a player of the defending team commits what would be a red card offence, say a dangerous tackle, to which the referee plays advantage (maybe because in real-time they thought it was a yellow card) and the attacking team scores, is there an officiating framework, with VAR, to say that the player should still be sent off - or does the fact that the attacking team scored the goal deemed to be them converting the advantage?

A specific case study would be during the Tottenham vs Chelsea match in the 23/24 season, where Moises Caicedo of Chelsea had a goal ruled out for offside via a VAR check. However, during the build up to that "goal", Christian Romero of Tottenham was deemed to have made a red card offence for a dangerous tackle, leading to a penalty and a red card.

If the Caicedo goal had stood - ie it wasn't given offside - is there still remit for the VAR / referee to still send off Romero for the dangerous tackle?

  • Nice Question. I wish I knew the answer. Commented Apr 10 at 19:58

1 Answer 1


In the case you mention, the red card offence would have then been yellow. From the IFAB - International Football Association Board:

The referee can wait a few seconds to allow a possible advantage to develop, and if the non-offending team does not benefit and gains no advantage, the original free kick can be given. However, the non-offending team should not be given two chances, e.g. a player is fouled but recovers and has a shot at goal; if the player does not score, the referee cannot go back and give a free kick for the original offence.

If the referee plays advantage following an offence that would have resulted in a red or yellow card being shown, the card must be shown next time the game stops. However:

if the offence was denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, a yellow card is shown instead of a red card as playing advantage allowed the attack to continue if the offence was stopping a promising attack, no card is shown as playing advantage allowed the attack to continue.

Some more reading with examples and explanations: the advantage rule and advantage rule explained

  • 2
    I think the question here is "what if the offence was a sending off offence even without the DOGSO?" e.g. violent conduct. It seems incorrect to me that a player should be allowed to escape the full punishment for violence just because the opposition happened to score a goal.
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 10:43
  • @PhilipKendall : it's very tricky, I agree, and it's the referee's interpretation. I included the raw law from the Board. That's why there are examples (the links).
    – OldPadawan
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 11:03

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.