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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 4, 2006

FIFA rule out retrospective action against divers

FIFA have ruled out allowing video evidence being used retrospectively to punish players who dive.

Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has written to the game's world governing body asking for video evidence to be used, but FIFA are unwilling to allow the move.

FIFA said in a statement: 'FIFA strongly opposes any kind of cheating action, including diving, which goes against the spirit of fair play.

'FIFA received yesterday, for the first time, a formal communication from the FA regarding the possibility of examining the use of video evidence to apply retrospective disciplinary action in cases of diving.

'According to the FIFA disciplinary code, although a disciplinary committee may rectify serious and obviously incorrect decisions taken by a referee, particularly regarding disciplinary sanctions, a referee's discretionary decision cannot be classed as such.

'In general, factual decisions taken by the referee cannot be overruled.'

FIFA point out that rules to punish diving, or simulation as it is also known, are already in the laws of the game, and referees should caution any players they believe have dived.

The statement added that before the 2002 World Cup referees were ordered to crack down on diving, and the same instruction will be given to referees before this year's finals.

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