CORONAVIRUS: Footballers To Get Red Card If They Deliberately Cough During Matches

Published On: August 4, 2020, 5:31 pm
Author: Daniel Bosai
-- Online (m) at 4-08-2020 05:31PM

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Footballers can be sent off if referees judge they have coughed deliberately at opponents or match officials in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, say the sport’s rule-makers and England’s Football Association.⁣⁣
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The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said it was up to the referee to judge whether he felt the cough was an abusive gesture.⁣⁣
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IFAB classified deliberate coughing as similar to “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”.⁣⁣
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“As with all offences, the referee has to make a judgement about the true nature of the offence,” it said.⁣⁣
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“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players.⁣⁣
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“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.”⁣⁣
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The FA’s guidance for grassroots football in England will come into force immediately.⁣⁣
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“If the incident was not severe enough to merit a sending-off, caution could be issued for ‘unsporting behaviour’,” it wrote in a document.⁣⁣