Fifa decide on law change

Last updated : 20 June 2005 By Smallsy
Fifa have decided on a rule change for next season after the involvement of a League One player meant that the written laws needed to be ammended. Bradford striker Dean Windass was red carded after the final whistle of a defeat back in October.

However the card was rescinded as the FA confirmed that after the final whistle the referee was outside his rights to issue a card outside the game time.

The FA however did charge Windass for improper conduct but now FIFA have decided to make changes to rule 12 of the official laws. At present the law reads,

'Only a player or substitute or substituted player may be shown the yed or yellow card'

has been developed to say,

'The referee has the authority to take disciplinary action from the moment a player enters the field of play until he leaves it including at half time and after the full time whistle'

Rule changes have also been made at headquarters today as an unlimited amount of substitutions will now be allowed to take place in friendly games provided the teams concerned reach an agreement before kick off.

This rule was also developed because of complaints by City boss Colin Todd reported that the six substitution rule was unfair when giving new or youg players a run out in pre season.

And who says that 'smaller' clubs get no say....