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Can an opponent run into the goalkeeper?

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11/15/2008

An opponent can not run into the goalkeeper if the goalkeeper has possession of the ball. Nor can an opponent run into a keeper if the ball is not within playing distance of the two players. Under no circumstances can a player run into the keeper intentionally, but might only do so in the course of fairly playing the ball.

If a keeper has the ball after a catch, and a player runs into or tackles him, it is automatic red card.