Man of the crowd
- Oct 19, 2012
That's an interesting question, actually.Is there anything in football's rules that actually allows for a booking in this case?
As far as I know, the ref can't book anyone before the whistle has been blown. A player can be disciplined for whatever reason prior to kick-off, but it wouldn't count as having happened during the match itself (logically enough).
And I can't think of any examples offhand where a player has done something pre-match that would be equivalent to an in-game booking/yellow card. Equivalent to a direct red - yes, that has happened: in which case, the player is simply denied to start the game and replaced by another player (again: this doesn't count as being an in-game incident, so the player's team will not start with ten men).
It would be odd, to put it like that, if a captain walks onto the pitch with clearly visible armband and then, immediately after the ref has blown the whistle, he stops the match in order to book said captain for wearing an inappropriate item (or whatever the technical term for this offence would be).