So what is the rule for when the ref can blow the whistle, is it just any time he wants, for example could it be whilst we are subbing on the new goalkeeper? its a genuine question because I always assumed the ref waited until both teams were set and ready for the FK.
Graeme Poll -
“If the attacking team are fouled then it is they who hold the advantage.
With a free-kick around the penalty area, we always ask the players whether they want it quick or slow.
This is their window of opportunity to surprise the defence. If they want it quick, then they have given up the right to re-take it, no matter if it hits a defender who's three yards away.
The same goes if they kick it over the bar. They only get one chance.”
As long as the ball is stationary, the team with the free kick can do what they want. Just as we did with the corner vs Barca.