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Friday, February 17, 2006

"He didn't get booked for the yellow card...."

Well, FIFA's looking to make some changes. The main emphasis appears to be time-wasting. Here are the highlights:

"...any player who intentionally interferes with the ball to prevent an opponent from restarting play, at a free kick, throw-in, corner etc., will receive a yellow card..."

Probably not a bad idea, but this stuff is rare. Maybe someone kicks the ball out of the way to delay a free kick or a quick restart. That does deserve a yellow. But equally bad are the guys who rush the kick before the player strikes it, or otherwise refuse to observe the 10-yard rule. Those offenses are far more common - how about some action?

" is proposed that a yellow card be shown to any player who interferes with the ball after his team has scored in an effort to delay the restart..."

When does this ever happen? If anything, players on a team that's behind are more likely to rush the ball back to midfield to get the game going again. Players on a team that's ahead usually just celebrate - they leave the ball for the keeper. Maybe there's some league in Uzbekistan or Burma where they do it differently....

"Items for discussion and decision under section V of the agenda include the use of technical aids by referees."

Well, TDH is all in favor of goal-line technology, which solves two problems at once: corner/goal-kick decisions, and the goal decisions themselves. We have the technology... but it would have to be tested in every stadium where it's used, and perhaps even before every match. Most likely the top-flight leagues would be the only ones able to pay for it. For something like the World Cup, though, surely it would reduce the risk of violence among "robbed" fans.

And there will probably be more. But we won't find out until after March 4.


BONUS: Can you name the two sometime Scots and Labourites sitting together at the Bolton v Marseilles match? Hint: one chews gum, the other used to chew out Tony Blair.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

oh, man. when I get home I've got another blog to write. if my internet works. carjacking yesterday, so without a vehicle. will try post on the ramble.

on your topic, though - when a team is two goals down and scores, the keeper often prevents them from grabbing the ball and taking it back to midfield - that should surely be a yellow card?

11:30 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

You're right, it should be. But that's not what FIFA is proposing, alas - they're talking about when the scoring team is causing the delay. Idiots.

Sorry to hear about the carjacking! I hope there wasn't any actual violence. Let us know you're okay. Still need to make it through your last long post.

4:13 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I was actually out of the car when it happened, my driver was moving from my place to where we park the car. He was attacked, but will be fine, getting away quickly enough. He's pretty shaken up, though.

8:45 PM  

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