I think the key words are "excessive force".
by Mr Wednesday (2013-03-05 16:57:51)
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  In reply to: It was terrible...  posted by wiNDycityfan

Per the Laws, "'Using excessive force' means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent."

Not having seen the play, I still think that any cleat-to-chest contact is at least borderline on "in danger of injuring his opponent," but a lot obviously depends on whether he should have expected an opponent to be in or enter the space where he put his foot.

(I'm not a referee, even though I do try to educate myself on how they operate and how they use their terms of art.)


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