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We the undersigned would petition Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)to consider the following changes to the law of the game via the International Football Association Board.

In the event of a disputed decision resulting in direct and aggressive confrontation with match officials, the referee has the option to impose one or more of the following penalties:

1. An immediate 10 yard movement of the ball towards the opponents goal. Should this mean the ball touches or crosses the edge of the 18 yard area, then a penalty kick will automatically apply. This applies across the width of the pitch and not restricted to the 18 yard area boundaries.

2. The offending player(s) may also receive a 5 minute sin-bin penalty. If this penalty impinges on official time remaining then it may be carried over into the next period or at the end of the match, cancelled. This additional action is at the discretion of the referee.

This would offer several benefits including:

1. Introduce an immediate penalty for agressive and confrontational issues currently plaguing the game
2. Add additional interest and excitement to the game for spectators
3. Issue a resounding message to players and managers of all ages and skills that if you choose to confront officials you risk penalising your team, and that such behaviour will no longer be tolerated.
4. Give referees at all levels the confidence to carry on with their role without fear of reprisal and provide a uniform policy that all can use if they feel questioned beyond reason. This has worked extremely well for Rugby and American Football and gives a high level of resepct back to match officials without detracting from the game itself.





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