Football's lawmakers considering trials to reduce abuse of referees

Football’s lawmakers are considering several trials to reduce abuse of referees… with 10-minute SIN-BINS for dissent and only allowing captains to approach officials on the agenda at London summit next week

  • Mail Sport has launched a campaign to help stamp out abuse of match officials
  • Several trials could be launched, including only captains approaching referees 
  • Have you witnessed abuse of referees? Contact [email protected] 

The regretful rise of misbehaving managers and players will be a hot topic when football’s lawmakers meet in London this Tuesday, with insiders saying they are determined to reduce the disrespect shown towards referees.

IFAB members will convene at the Sofitel Hotel by Heathrow Airport to discuss sanctioning several trials, including only allowing the team captain to approach the referee – as is already the case in rugby – and whether it is time to introduce 10-minute sin bins for dissent into the higher levels of the game.

The agenda for the meeting has now been finalised, with ‘participant behaviour’ seen as a major problem which needs addressing amid an increase in aggression shown towards match officials from grassroots to the Premier League.

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes complains to the referee after playing Luton

Rugby’s approach, which could be adopted in football, only allows captains to approach refs


We want to hear from refs who have been abused – or parents who have witnessed atrocious behaviour on the touchline

Email us at: [email protected]

Mail Sport launched our campaign on Wednesday, urging participants to respect our referees across all levels of football. 

Statistics revealed as part of our push show how, when comparing this season to last, offences for dissent have more than doubled among players and almost quadrupled among coaches in English football.

The Annual Business Meeting (ABM) will be chaired by Ian Maxwell, the chief executive of the Scottish FA. 

It is ahead of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held in Glasgow in March 2024 to discuss potential changes to the laws.

Other considerations this Tuesday will include how to address the deliberate attempts by teams to disrupt the game’s flow and reduce lost time, such as how strictly the six-seconds rule for goalkeepers is applied.

Mail Sport has launched a campaign to stop the abuse of referees to help boost the game


It’s All Kicking Off is an exciting new podcast from Mail Sport that promises a different take on Premier League football.

It is available on MailOnline, Mail+, YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify.

Your browser does not support iframes.

Source: Read Full Article