Friday 24 February 2017

New penalty ruling not for feint-hearted

IF either side is awarded a penalty tonight, it could be worth paying close attention to how the spot-kick is taken.

The International Football Association Board, the body which determines the laws of the game, has said that from June 10 players will no longer be able to stop at the end of a run-up to try to fool the goalkeeper.

Better known as the 'Paradinha', the move is most popular in South America.

The penalty-taker is still permitted to feint during the run-up but if they stop at the end they will be booked.

With the World Cup only three weeks away, there are concerns that some players could be confused by the new directive but FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said: "It's something we have to implement in 23 games.

"We have to make sure the referees, players and coaches understand what it is about and will use videos as an example for the players to see where we are coming from."

Irish Independent

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