Rule 3 – Section 3 – Article 3 – Suspending the game
a. The referee may suspend the game temporarily when conditions warrant such action.
b. When the game is stopped by actions of a person(s) not subject to the rules, or for any other reasons not specified in the rules, and cannot continue, the referee shall:
- Suspend play and direct the players to their team areas.
- Refer the problem to those responsible for the game’s management.
- Resume the game when conditions are satisfactory.
Rule 9 – Section 2 – Article 3 – Unfair Acts
The following are unfair acts:
a. A team refuses to play within two minutes after ordered to do so by the referee.
b. A team repeatedly commits fouls for which penalties can be enforced only by halving the distance to its goal line.
c. An obviously unfair act not specifically covered by the rules occurs during the game. (A.R. 4-2-1:II) (A.R. 9-2-3:I)
PENALTY − Unsportsmanlike conduct. The referee may take any action he considers equitable, which includes directing that the down be repeated, assessing a 15-yard penalty, awarding a score, or suspending or forfeiting the game [S27: UFA].