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  1. Offences and Penalties

t.120

See the Schedule of Offences and Penalties below.

 

Offence

Article

First
Offence

Second
Offence

Third
Offence

F
I
R
S
T

Leaving piste without permission ....................

t.18/3

Yellow
Card

Red
Card

Red
Card

Simple corps à corps (foil and sabre) .............

t.20

Corps à corps to avoid being hit .....................

t.20

Turning back on opponent* ............................

t.21

Use of non-sword arm/hand* ..........................

t.22

Touching/taking hold of electrical equipment .

t.22

Covering/substitution of valid target ...............

t.22,t.49,t.72

Leaving the piste to avoid being hit ................

t.28

Interruption of a bout without valid reason ......

t.31

Straightening weapon on conductive piste .....

t.46,t.61,t.70

Clothing/equipment not working or not conforming; absence of second regulation weapon or body wire ......................................

t.45/1&3(b)

At foil, reversing line of shoulders* .................

t.46

At foil and èpee, bending, dragging weapon point on conductive piste ................................

t.46,t.61

Bringing weapon into contact with conductive jacket* ............................................................

t.53

Deliberate hit not on opponent ......................

t.53,t.66

At sabre, hit made with coquille, any forward movement crossing the legs or feet* ..............

t.70,t.75/3

Refusal to obey the Referee ..........................

t.82,t.84

Fencer not presenting himself at the first call of the Referee during the competition ...............

t.86

Jostling, falling, disorderly fencing*; taking off mask before the Referee calls ‘Halt’; undressing on the piste ....................................................

t.87

Unjustified appeal ...........................................

t.122

S
E
C
O
N
D

Interruption of bout for claimed injury not confirmed by doctor ....................

t.33

Red
Card

Red
Card

Red
Card

Absence of weapon check marks*..................

t.45/3(a)

Dangerous, violent or vindictive action, blow with guard or pommel*..............................

t.87

T
H
I
R
D

Faking weapon check marks, intentional modification of equipment*....................

t.45/3(c),(d)

Red
Card
 

Black
Card
(1)

Fencer disturbing order when on piste (4) ...........................

t.82,t.83

Dishonest fencing*; refusal to salute before the beginning of the bout (only one fencer) ..............................

t.87

Offence against Publicity code ...................

Refusal of one fencer to salute his opponent after final hit scored............

t.87

Winner: Annulment of hit
Loser: Suspension (5)

Changing the order of bouts in a team match, whether intentionally or unintentionally............

t.86

Loss of Match

Any person not on piste disturbing good order.........

t.82,t.83(c),(d)

Warning
(4)

Expulsion
(3)

F
O
U
R
T
H

Manifest cheating with equipment (2) ....................

t.45/3(e)

Black
Card

Refusal of a fencer to fence another competitor (individual or team) properly entered (6) ..........

t.85

Non-presentation when called by the Referee at the start of the competition/round/direct elimination bout/match after three calls at one minute intervals (1) ...........................

t.86

Offence against sportsmanship (1) or (2) .......................

t.87

Deliberate brutality (1), refusal of both fencers to salute; before the bout (1); after the final hit scored (5) ...........................

t.87,t.105

Profiting from collusion, favouring an opponent (1) ...........................

t.88,t.105

Doping (2) ...........................................

t.129

 

* Annulment of any hit scored by the fencer at fault.

Yellow Card = Warning (valid for bout, whether one or several encounters).

Red Card = Penalty hit.

Black Card = Exclusion or expulsion

(1) Exclusion from competition.

(2) Exclusion from whole tournament.

(3) Expulsion from competition venue.

(4) In serious cases, Referee may exclude/expel immediately.

(5) Suspension for two competitions.

(6) Disqualification.

If a fencer commits an offence in the First Group after having been penalised with a Red Card, for whatever reason, he receives a further Red Card. A fencer only receives a Black Card in the Third Group if he previously committed an offence in this Third Group (demonstrated by a Red Card).

   
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