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FA ramp up disciplinary crackdown on players feigning injury to get opponents dismissed with a risk of a three-match ban

Players who fake injury face being banned for the first time in new ruling

The new rule is limited to punishing players who get an opponent sent off

FA is also looking to clamp down on abuse aimed at referees

A new rule has been made to make some offside decisions much clearer



PUBLISHED: 11:14, 6 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:41, 6 August 2015



The Football Association are getting tough on injury fakers as they roll out a raft of rule changes for the start of the Barclays Premier League season.

Under new regulations, players who are deemed to have got an opponent sent off by feigning injury will face an FA charge and potential three-match ban.

The football authorities can only act if the player who is sent off appeals their red card and it is rescinded by an independent panel.


In such circumstances, the FA will then punish the player who simulated in order to get their opponent dismissed.

The suspension will be determined on a case-by-case basis, starting at one match.

The FA have travelled to clubs across the country to explain the new rules to players and managers.

A ‘technical area Code of Conduct’ has been outlined to club bosses in an attempt to clean up discrepancies on the touchline.

High-profile incidents in recent years include Alan Pardew headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler, Arsene Wenger shoving Jose Mourinho after the pair squared up to each other and former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson grabbing James McArthur by the throat.



The FA’s director of football governance and regulation Darren Bailey said: ‘The new technical area code of conduct agreed by the game, sets out the standards required and consequences for non-compliance. It is designed to create a positive environment where all the occupants, from coaches to match officials, can do their respective jobs.’

Rules regarding players confronting a referee on the pitch have also been tightened up. Last season, disciplinary action could be taken against clubs if three or more of their players approached the referee and argued in an aggressive manner, but that has been reduced to only two.

The FA hope to tackle a steep rise in charges for that offence last season. Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham were all handed large fines as charges trebled from the previous campaign across the top four divisions.

They will come down hard on clubs whose players follow referees and repeatedly protest after decisions have been made.

The offside rule has also been tweaked, so that if a player is in an offside position and attempts to go for a ball the linesman will flag and any goal will be ruled out even if that player does not touch it.

The regulations were decided upon after consultation with the Premier League, Football League, National League, League Managers Association, Professional Footballers’ Association and Professional Game Match Officials Limited.




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