UEFA want more protection for referees


2nd, November 2006

UEFA want a clampdown on the rising level of
intimidation towards match officials.The footballing body reaction comes after the ‘Battle of Barcelona’  nearly ended up in disarray and complete anarchy on Tuesday night.

Outraged at the repeated sight of both sets of players haranguing referee Stefano Farina, UEFA have called for the
introduction of ‘temporary sending-offs’ if players continue to
confront referees. As in rugby, offending teams could also be penalised
by ten yards if they contest decisions. Sounds dismal doesn’t it?

UEFA are still awaiting the report of Farina before launching their own investigation and communications director William Gaillard said: "It was a very physical game and we are now facing a situation where something will have to be done by the International FA Board because every time there is a foul now you have 15 players protesting. It’s something we saw a lot of in the World Cup and it has just carried on into the Champions League. It makes life very difficult for referees. It’s up to the international board to look at this but maybe football could learn something from rugby, where the word of the referee is respected and not contested. It’s becoming a bad habit, everyone has something to say. It’s not easy to apply the 10-yard rule to football but there are other ideas which could be brought in to tackle this, maybe temporary sending-offs. We need more respect for the referee’s decision. We are at a turning point and something is going

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