UEFA’s new Football Council wants clear rules regarding hands. These are still not very clear, said the former footballers during a meeting in Nyon. The Football Council, an advisory body, also includes Dutch national coach Ronald Koeman.
One piece of advice regarding hands is that players should only be dismissed if they deal deliberately. If they accidentally hit the ball, a warning will suffice. With a shot that does not go into the goal and then hits a hand, the referees should be less strict about the football board. There should also be more leniency for players who accidentally pass the ball into a hand through their bodies.
The recently established Football Council, which met for the first time, would like to see referees take stricter action against players behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner. They specifically mentioned football players faking an injury or making Schwalbe.
The meeting was attended by Eric Abidal, Rafael Benitez, Fabio Capello, Petr Cech, Luis Figo, Robbie Keane, Jurgen Klinsmann, Koeman, Philip Lahm, Michael Laudrup, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Martinez, Predrag Mijatovic, Gareth Southgate, Patrick Vieira, Rudy. Fuller, Javier Zanetti, and Zinedine Zidane.
We were rivals on the pitch, but now we’re here together to help and protect what’s most precious to us: the sport of football itself
UEFA’s executive committee can turn celebrity football’s proposals on changing the rules or organizing football into new policy. Sometimes the criticism of referees is that they judge situations differently than former footballers because they have not played football themselves and therefore do not feel certain things.
“It was an honor to be part of such an open and honest discussion. The handball law will always be in dispute, but we can make it more consistent and adapt it to current football,” said Croatian Boban. “On the field we were Opponents, but now we are here together to help and protect what is most valuable to us: football itself. I look forward to our next meeting.”
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