IFAB backed measures to protect football referees and 10-minute sending-offs

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has supported measures to improve the behavior of match participants and increase respect for match officials, according to the organization’s website.

The IFAB, meeting on November 28 in London, backed a proposed test that would only require the team captain to address the referee in certain critical game situations.

Additionally, it was decided to attempt the short-term expulsion of players who disagreed with a referee’s decision at a higher level after their successful use in grassroots football. It was previously reported that the IFAB would discuss the possibility of introducing player withdrawals for 10 minutes if they disagree with the referee’s decision. This rule has been used in test mode in English youth football since 2019.

IFAB members also discussed stricter enforcement of the rules of the game against players and coaches displaying disrespectful behavior and better management of clashes with crowds. A lower-level trial of body cameras for referees, designed to prevent serious misconduct against match officials, has been judged a success.

Participants agreed on the need to continue developing semi-automated offside technology to help referees speed up decision-making in offside cases.

It was also agreed that following the successful trial of live streaming of VAR decisions during matches, the IFAB General Assembly should consider incorporating this measure into the rules of the game.

Changes to the rules of the game could be approved at the IFAB annual meeting on March 2, 2024 in Glasgow. If approved, the new rules will take effect on July 1, 2024.

Source : MatchTV

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