Wednesday 26 July 2017

New crackdown on time-wasting

Van Basten: “Our aim is to promote fairness and integrity.
Van Basten: “Our aim is to promote fairness and integrity." Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Ben Rumsby

Referees have been ordered by Fifa to add on the time taken for goal celebrations to stoppage-time at the end of each half of a match.

The new protocol will be enforced at the Confederations Cup, which begins tomorrow, and the game's governing body want it to be adopted worldwide.

A crackdown on players mobbing officials and showing dissent and a renewed focus on enforcing the six-second limit on goalkeepers holding the ball during play were also announced at a press conference in St Petersburg.

Further Video Assistant Referee (VAR) live trials will be conducted at this month's World Cup test event in Russia - as will the experiment allowing the use of a fourth sub in extra-time.

Marco van Basten, the Holland icon who is now Fifa's chief technical officer, said: "Our aim is to promote fairness and integrity, increase playing time and optimise the use of technology. Additional time is mostly one minute in the first half and three minutes in the second half. In a match in which many goals have been scored, the celebration of a goal often takes a lot of time, so this should be added." (© Daily Telegraph)

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