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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb, 16, 2006

Law-makers urged to act on time-wasting

LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Soccer's law-making body has been urged by FIFA to toughen regulations on time-wasting by players, which could lead to an increase in yellow cards.

The International Football Association Board will discuss a proposal from world soccer's governing body to amend Law 12 covering fouls and misconduct.

'Any player who intentionally interferes with the ball to prevent an opponent from restarting play at a free kick, throw-in, corner etc., will receive a yellow card,' a FIFA statement said on Thursday.

'By the same token, it is proposed that a yellow card be shown to any player who interferes with the ball after his team has scored in an effort to delay the restart.'

Substitutes, or those substituted, will also be in danger of a yellow card if they show dissent or delay the start of play. In the closing stages of matches, players from the winning side often take a long time leaving the field when substituted.

The International Football Association Board, composed of representatives from the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as FIFA, will meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Mar. 4.

In other amendments to the regulations, FIFA want an increase in the quarter circle radiating from the corner flag to two metres from one metre, to give those taking corner kicks more room to run up in cramped stadiums.

It will also discuss 'smartball' technology which shows whether a ball has crossed the goalline. This was trialled at the under-17 world championship and the Club World Championship last year.

The French football federation has also requested the Board considers running tests of a video system to help referees.

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