Originally Posted by yakyak
I thought it was great officiating that he gave verbal warnings. They should put that in a instructional video on how to handle that moment. Their job is to ensure the game is played within rules. If the verbal caused the kid to back off and obey rules, great outcome.
End of the day its about playing the game within bounds. Sometimes refs can verbally accomplish it most of the time the wistle has to correct things. Good refs never really want to blow their whistle in a perfect world in my opinion
Listen, I am a big fan of the verbal warning. However, if a ref sees a violation but gives a warning instead of calling a foul, I don't know how that can be construed as ensuring the "game is played within rules". By your scenario, a player violated a rule and was given only a warning. It may be the best thing for the game, but it is not "following the rules".
It is semantics, so perhaps worth discussing no further. There is a lot of gray area within the referee's job, and it is no easy task.