I was playing in a rec league game this evening - two refs, each of whom seemed pretty inexperienced (not biased or anything like that, but had a few rather interesting interpretations of rules). Anyway, longball played towards the corner, and I go racing down the wing after it. I'm basically chasing after the ball and not looking too carefully at where I'm going when the referee, who I guess was running a diagonal towards that corner comes running into the picture between me and the ball. I try to get around him but we end up colliding as the ball continues and eventually goes out of play. I apologize for running into him and offer to help him up, and he replies by telling me firmly to stand back (I do), getting up, and sending me off. When I ask why, he simply tells me to leave the area (I do, recognizing that while I don't understand the decision, nothing is going to improve if I stick around and argue after having been sent off). The captain asks at halftime and is told that contact with the ref is an automatic ejection. Since I don't see this listed anyplace in the Laws, I thought I'd ask where he was getting this interpretation from; regardless I plan on appealing the card but I'd like to know whether I'm walking into something I was unaware of before I do so. I suppose I also might as well ask; in a two referee system is it normal for one referee to run so far ahead of the play that he actually gets between a forward and a ball played over the top? I've never seen a two referee system before, but if the referee was in an area that I should not expect to see him it would certainly improve my appeal. I can certainly tell you that the last thing I was thinking about chasing after that ball was whether the referee were going to get in my way. Thanks for your help.