Monday 23 April 2018

Rule-makers put fourth substitute proposal on the cards

The International Football Association Board is considering allowing the use of a fourth substitute in extra-time. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
The International Football Association Board is considering allowing the use of a fourth substitute in extra-time. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Brian Homewood and Tony Jimenez

Football's rule-making body will consider allowing a fourth substitution in extra-time as well as ending the controversial so-called 'triple punishment' at a meeting this month.

The triple punishment, where a player concedes a penalty, is sent off for denying the opposition a clear scoring chance and then has to serve an automatic suspension, has been on and off the International Football Association Board (IFAB) agenda for several years.

Critics of the rule say the combination of penalty and red card can drastically alter, or in many cases, kill off a game.

Last year UEFA proposed that the red card be replaced with a yellow card, but the IFAB was concerned this could lead to more cynical fouls and referred the matter to its two advisory panels.

The meeting in Belfast on Febuary 28 will also discuss whether to allow players wear tracking systems to monitor their performances.

The use of 'sin bins' in recreational football and the potential use of video replays to support referees are also likely to be discussed.

IFAB consists of one representative from each of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs. Each holds one vote while FIFA has four votes.

Irish Independent

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