Stewards Directive – Player Sent Off
Stewards Directive No 2 2015 – Penalty 10 – Player Sent Off.
When a player is sent off for the rest of the match, the current rule states that the side to which the sent off player belonged shall continue with three players only.
If a player is sent off early in the match, the resulting game will almost certainly be very one sided. If in the league or group phase the goal difference might also affect the order of merit. If in the semis or finals, it could be very bad for polo and could influence any future sponsorship. The below is more in line with what happens in Argentina and the U.S. where a player who is sent off can be replaced in order to keep the game alive.
It is recommended that a Stewards Directive is issued before the quarter finals of the Gold Cup. The main changes are in italics
Penalty 10 – Player Sent Off.
(i) Penalty 10(a)
A player sent off for a full chukka or the rest of the chukka in progress in addition to any other penalty. The side to which the sent off player belonged shall continue with three players only and any player sent off must return to the pony lines.
(ii) Penalty 10(b)
A player sent off for the rest of the match, in addition to any other penalty. (See also Regulation 4.3a(i)). The side to which the sent off player belonged shall continue with three players only for the remainder of that chukka and the umpires will restart the game as soon as the player has left the field. The sent off player may be substituted at the beginning of the next chukka but only by a qualified player of the same handicap or less. If a substitute player is not ready, he may only then join during a break in play.
The umpires must agree that a player should be sent off. If not in agreement, the referee must be asked to decide. Any player sent off must return to the pony lines. Umpires should make it clear to the player penalised and to the captains of the teams which penalty has been given.
Note 1: In all cases in which a Penalty 10a or b is awarded a Report Form must be completed by the umpires.
Note 2: for the knock out phases of the Gold Cup teams are required to nominate substitutes for all players