Replays and sin-bins on IFAB agenda

Replays and sin-bins on IFAB agenda

Football’s law-makers will study the use of video replays by match officials and sin-bins, it has been announced.

The International FA Board, which meets in Zurich on March 1, will hold discussions on the controversial issue.

No decision will be taken next month however – the topic has been been included for discussion under “any other business” along with the use of “sin-bins in recreational football”.

Meanwhile, the Football Association is seeking a rule change that would see players banned from revealing personal statements on their under-shirts.

The practice has become popular – especially for players paying tribute to someone who has died, as ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba did after the death of Nelson Mandela in December.

The proposal from the FA states: “Currently what a player can reveal on any item of basic compulsory equipment is different to what he can on an undergarment i.e. he can’t reveal a personal statement or image on his outer jersey but he can on his undershirt.

“This amendment seeks to outline a consistent approach to both the outer jersey and all types of undergarment.”

The FA's proposal states players who do have personal statements on under-shirts should be punished.

Its proposed new wording says: “A player/team of a player that reveals an undergarment that shows political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturers’ logo will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.”

It is expected that sin-binning, which is being trialled in the Dutch amateur leagues this season, will be considered by two new IFAB advisory panels that will be set up at the March 1 meeting.

The panels, a football one made up of former players and coaches, and a technical panel of referees and law experts, will provide guidance and recommendations to IFAB, the body made up FIFA and the four British home associations which makes the final decision on law changes.

The IFAB will also look at the so-called “triple punishment” issue when a player is sent off after conceding a penalty, and the offside laws.

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