Rajiv, as far as the sliding block made yesterday is concerned, firstly I slid to block, not to tackle. It was allowed to begin with. Secondly, Cedric has made clear that it was done in a safe way, away from the opponent. The shot was blocked successfully but more importantly, no contact was made with any part of the opponent. I feel that this should clear me once and for all
.... On the incident, where Kong Fei slid to block the shot, my assessment at that time was it was not a foul and I expressed my view to both players after the game. There was no danger as the slide was a safe distance away and not in the direction of the player at all. It was a successful attempt to block a shot. ....
If it was the same incident, then it goes to show how different perspectives on the same incident can be! Anyway, in order to block a shot, there needs to already have been a shot, so the ball would have travelled some way away from the player shooting. Blocking a shot does not extend to blocking a shooting opportunity, where the opponent is just about to shoot. At that point, the opponent is still in possession of the ball, so it would clearly be a sliding tackle, which is disallowed.
Anyway, from the report thread for the game on 3 March 2016:
If the ball and the player are in the same general direction, it is still a foul Kong Fei. Please do not get overly technical by trying to draw an artificial separation between the ball and the player in possession of the ball. I have added the word "general" before direction to make this clear.
It is quite clear, to me at least, that the ball and the player in possession of the ball, will be in the same general direction of any other player. And a player running with the ball is in possession of the ball. I have made that clear too.
Sliding tackles are not allowed. A sliding tackle takes place when a player slides in the general direction of an opponent who is in, or receiving, possession of the ball (including a player running with the ball) in order to deprive him of possession of the ball, or to challenge the opponent. However, sliding in other contexts, such as sliding to keep the ball in play, or to block a shot, or to intercept a pass, are not "tackles" as such. However, if any contact is made with an opponent in the sliding motion, it will still be a foul, either as a sliding tackle, or on one of the grounds below.
If, in sliding, you make contact with an opponent, or bring an opponent down in the slide, it would be a "sliding tackle", or "tripping", or "any action where the sole of the shoe makes contact with an opposing player", and would still be a foul under the rules (including other rules). I have also made this clear.
I have also added the words "or receiving" before possession to clarify.
The onus is on the player making the slide for any other purpose to take care. As safety is a priority, any genuine dispute would be resolved in favour of the player who is on the receiving end of the slide.
In the circumstances, it is best not to slide unless it is clearly to block a shot (with no other player nearby), intercept a pass (again with no other player nearby) or to keep the ball in play (again, with no other player nearby).
The rule was getting too technical, and to avoid the risk of artificial distinctions being made, it was simplified to read "Sliding tackles are not allowed." That's the rule now. Further discussion on the "Rules generally" thread please. I hope the following adds some clarity:
Coming back to sliding tackles, the rule now is simply "Sliding tackles are not allowed". I have removed any qualification from the rule. Please do not try to circumvent the rule by any artificial reference to sliding to block. I trust the team captains to be sensible about that, and to know the difference. A slide is a tackle if:
It is in the general direction of an opponent. If you want to be technical, let's say within a radius of 30 degrees either side of the opponent.
Any contact is made with an opponent.
An opponent has to take evasive action to avoid contact being made.
Blocking a shot would usually be where the ball has already left the opponent who made the shot, and is heading in the direction of goal, and a player slides at the ball, in order to direct it away from goal.
If the slide is in anticipation of a shot, to block the anticipated trajectory of the shot, then the sliding motion should be well clear of the opponent who is about to shoot. I can't see this happening often though. Firstly, the positions of the respective players, and the degree of anticipation required, would be rare. Secondly, a quick-witted opponent might be able to dummy the shot, let you slide, pull the ball clear of your prostrate body, and shoot unhindered. You're better off staying on your feet.
I think "mere inches" is a bit of an exaggeration. But anyway I respect Joel's concern for safety.
Hope that he can speak to his team mate about shoulder barging and elbowing too cos if it's executed too hard I can fall back and hit my head on the ground. I'm sure he can do more for my safety other than just saying the elbowing is "uncalled for". The potential head injury is frightening to say the least.