Osborne commits a pretty clear foul as Yeovil carry on playing. The referee ignores it, and then gives County a pretty soft free-kick. I never claimed to be a mind-reader but itís obvious that he wanted to get the ball to County as soon as possible, probably fearing a melee if Yeovil went on to score a winner from the same move.
As for players stopping - Di Canio catching the ball rather than scoring when Paul Gerrard was down injured?
Like I said, Bristol City have implemented a policy of not returning the ball or putting it out when a player is down, which they wrote to each club to outline so that thereís no controversy.
The argument isnít about players deciding when to stop play, itís about an understanding that is absolutely years old that a team return the ball to the opposition/kick it out of play when itís put out for treatment. If Yeovil wanted to implement that, they should have communicated that they were going to do so. Their manager wrote in the programme before the game that he wanted them to use ďevery trick in the bookĒ, which makes the whole thing a bit coincidental.
County were in possession with players forward. They could have played on. Thomas saw Mulhern still on the ground/slowly getting up. There was no time wasting involved, which anyone at the game could see.