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Kilburn Posted on 6/6 10:12
It's World Cup time, so it must be...

...time for another crazy refereeing edict!

Fifa have come up with another one of their classic experimental World Cup instructions for referees. After all, what better time to have a play about with the rules of the game than in the biggest tournament of them all?

This time they have decided to ban "lunging tackles".

"Whether with one or two feet, players who lunge for the ball and make contact with an opponent must be dismissed for [serious foul play]," the edict states.

I'd give Stevie Gerrard 15 minutes in that case.

Link: Article.

littlejimmy Posted on 6/6 10:15
re: It's World Cup time, so it must be...

So tackling is now banned, even if you win the ball. I've seen this in evidence already. Several foreign refs have booked English-based players for winning the ball but taking the man with it. Ridiculous.

SuperBokSupper Posted on 6/6 10:16
re: It's World Cup time, so it must be...

I heard Sepp Blatter asking for a clamp down on elbowing this morning.
yeah cos it was allowed before blatter.

Capybara Posted on 6/6 10:19
re: It's World Cup time, so it must be...

Yoinks. If they play that list to the letter then there'll be no players left unbanned by the Quarters.

Full marks to the Grauniad for correct use of 'apprised' though.