• A n injured player may only re-enter the field from the touchline when the ball is in play. When the ball is out of play, an injured player may re-enter from any of the boundary lines. • T he referee alone is authorised to allow an injured player to re-enter the field, whether the ball is in play or not. • H owever, the referee may give permission for an injured player to return to the field of play if an assistant referee or the fourth official verifies that the player is ready.
Exceptions: Exceptions to this ruling are made only: • for injury to a goalkeeper; • w hen a goalkeeper and an outfield player have collided and need immediate attention; • w hen players from the same team collide and need immediate attention; • w hen a severe injury has occurred e.g. swallowed tongue, concussion, broken leg etc.
• I f play has not otherwise been stopped for another reason, or if an injury suffered by a player is not the result of a breach of the Laws of the Game, the referee restarts play with a dropped ball.
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