With two penalty saves in the World Cup Final against France, Emiliano Martinez became the great hero of his beloved Argentina. Qatar’s penalty shootout, however, was not without controversy.
The cage guard was in front of the convict several times to try to disturb the convict. a tactic he later admitted he had been thinking about for a long time.
– When you take the first penalty kick in a World Cup final, you know the second kick will be very tense. I try to play with them, put the ball away and talk to them, said the Argentine goalkeeper.
Such actions will now have consequences.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has made a change to the rules regarding penalty kicks.
The rule states that “the goalkeeper shall not act in such a way as to in any way unfairly distract the penalty taker”.
Goalkeepers must also not take the penalty kick. The rule change went into effect from 1 July.
This means that goalkeepers at the ongoing FIFA World Cups in Australia and New Zealand may be reprimanded by the referees.
The Norwegian Football Association’s chief referee, Terry Heug, has announced that he is watching closely to see if and how the rule works in the heat of a match.
– It’s always exciting to follow major tournaments, especially the Women’s and Men’s World Cups. This is a demonstration of how to practice the rules in accordance with the FIFA Guidelines. This often sets an expectation of how we will approach the best Norwegian football, Hauge wrote in an email to Dagbladet.
The main referee indicates that the IFAB adapts the rules of the game based on the evolution of football and the challenges it faces.
The rules of play often follow input from clubs, coaches, players or federations who want the relationship on the field to be fair and managed through “fair play” when matches are decided, the former referee wrote.
When asked if the rule makes football better, he is more interested in fairness between the two teams.
The rule draws attention to inappropriate behaviour, the intent being to make football fairer to penalty takers. In the past, we were also able to detect inappropriate behavior, but now we come up with a common guideline that creates a common understanding for all actors, he wrote.
Do you think that what goalkeepers (eg Emiliano Martínez) do is inappropriate and disrespectful towards opponents?
– The IFAB wants regulations to prevent inappropriate behaviour, as well as for referees to focus more on goalkeepers with preventative talks before penalties. Judges are also obligated to follow disciplinary procedures.
Many took to social media and condemned the new rule. Hauge says he understands the fans’ frustration.
“Football fans have the opportunity to ‘express’, and I understand their reactions who want to expand the boundaries beyond the rules,” Huge concludes.
To date, there have been no cases that have shown a violation of the new rule. Whether and what happens in such a case remains to be seen.
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