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I meant I did not watch the game until watching a replay

There was definitely a bad hair pull for sure and should have likely been a yellow. But she was reaching for Heath's shoulder and got hair. So did she intentionally grab the hair or was that what she mistakenly grabbed trying to slow Heath down? The intent issue is the key.

Just an FYI, but here are the FA's rules for red card sending off. Notice the last paragraph which relates to deliberate contact with face or head. If the force was negligible, it is not a red card. IN this case, the hair pull on Heath was fairly small in comparison to others I have seen. Google the BYU girl Elizabeth Lambert for dirty hair pull


A tackle or challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent or uses excessive force or brutality must be sanctioned as serious foul play.

Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force or endangers the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play.


Violent conduct is when a player uses or attempts to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball, or against a team-mate, team official, match official, spectator or any other person, regardless of whether contact is made.

In addition, a player who, when not challenging for the ball, deliberately strikes an opponent or any other person on the head or face with the hand or arm, is guilty of violent conduct unless the force used was negligible.
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