Some international soccer news hit the wire Friday that I wanted to pass along. FIFA wants a couple issues to be reviewed: A) should last-man back fouls in penalty box always result in red cards? B) should any feinting and/or misdirection in the run up to a penalty kick be banned?
Certainly two worthy topics of discussion.
In regards to topic A, some have suggested that reducing a team to 10 men AND awarding the opposing team a PK is too harsh a penalty for certain fouls (even though the letter of the law says an immediate ejection and subsequent suspension are warranted).
In their opinion, awarding a PK and issuing a yellow card would be more fair. The International Football Associations Board (IFAB) will discuss to matter on March 6.
They will also talk about banning deceiving PK attempts, topic B. Cristiano Ronaldo, Robbie Keane and others are known for nearly stopping sometimes before a shot. The rules are aren’t so clearly defined in those situations, with the discretion in the hands of the referee.
There will be other issues raised in the March 6th meeting also:
The latest developments in goal-line technology and the on-going experiment in the Europa League of having two extra assistant referees behind each goal-line will also be discussed at the meeting in Zurich.
What do you think about those potential rule changes? I think I favor the way the current things stand, except anything replay-related, which I think should be implemented.
— Here is a comprehensive team-report on the Sounders FC training camp excursion to Arizona. Also an in-house video clip regarding new apparel.
— Some top English players have declined participation in an anti-homophobia campaign, for fear of ridicule, I guess.
— Chelsea/English national team defender Ashley Cole will have surgery on a broken ankle suffered in a tackle by Landon Donovan. If you remember, as many of you do I’m sure, the U.S. open World Cup group-stage play against England.