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Rule changes you'd like to see

Rule changes you'd like to see

As I'm struggling for interesting things to say about City at the moment, I thought I'd drop this general article in to see if you guys agree with me or can suggest anything better.

I'm sure you all are irritated by things we see week in and week out and wished the FA would do something about it. Well now's your chance to get it off your chest.

If we could for now ignore the video replay debate, what other changes would you like to see clamped down on. I'll throw in a few for starters:

1. Timewasting by the corner flag: - no need for it, tedious to watch and often ends up with needless yellow cards

2. Obstructing the ball out of play for a goal kick: anywhere else on pitch that would be a free kick so why is is ok in this situation?

3. Making Referees consult with linesman before issuing a red card: Players have been unfairly red-carded in heat of moment when a yellow card was sufficient - another example earlier this afternoon when Lee Carsley sent off in Chelsea game.

4. Simplifying the off-side laws: does anybody really understand them ?

What else is really killing the game and needs sorting - let us know and we'll pass it in to the FA!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday April 17 2006
Time: 5:22PM


1.) Time wasting. There is no excuse to hold the game up for more than 10 seconds to take a throw or goal kick. It should be timed and players carded. 2.) Fouls in the penalty area. More penalties MUST BE GIVEN. I was at the game on Saturday and saw countless infringements where City players were manhandled, jumped on, tripped, pulled, grappled with and generally assaulted to prevent them getting to the ball. It needs to be the NORM that such behaviour is punished with a penalty. The only contact allowed is the shoulder barge and unavoidable contact after the ball has been played in a tackle, ANYTHING else is against both the letter and the spirit of the law. And I'm sorry but objections to video evidence are like a King Canute-style denial of the tide - there is going to be video evidence at some point because if the football authorities are too spineless to demand it, the tv companies will.
18/04/2006 10:51:00
Only trouble with more penalties is that it would be open season for the divers with the likes of Drogba, Cole, Van Nistlerooy, Robben, Pires, Reyes, etc..etc going down if you sneezed near them let alone touched them. Perhaps a retrospective video review panel to punish the cheats and clubs with fines, bans and docked points would be better - seems to work ok for Rugby"
18/04/2006 13:57:00
I think there has been enough tinkering with the rules and regulations no doubt more will come after the World Cup. I say give back the authority to referee's to use common sense and stop treating them like Traffic Wardens who have to issue a certain amount of tickets to stay in the job.
18/04/2006 22:14:00
Cannot agree more with the comment about giving the referees the scope to use common sense. Football is about emotions, and they cannot be controlled by robots.
20/04/2006 16:24:00
but if a footballer cant control his emotions enough to be unable to stop himself from going into a stupid tackle, something has to be done. you`ve got to have a line!
25/04/2006 11:30:00
How about all supporters enter a competition and the winner at the end of the season is allowed to nominate the person in football who has annoyed them the most throughout the season. They then are allowed to attach a lead with 20,000 volts going through it, to the designated persons private parts, for 10 seconds. In the interests of equality, if its a female selected, you can use flaps or nipples !! :)
01/05/2006 19:31:00
the offside rule is simple enough to me. y dus no1 understand it? seems to b that evry1 understands it when the attacker is caught offside when they werent and they all shout about it so they cant b that confused. n btw if u hav seen any penalty decisions given to van nistelrooy youll notice that theyre all legitimate. u think the ref wud b fooled by the dutch giant goin down like a girl?
03/05/2006 15:01:00
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