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FA amend laws on post match sanctions to give more power to punish offences after a match has ended

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From November 22, the FA will have the power to charge players even if match officials have seen part of the incident.

Previously, if a referee had seen or noted an incident during a game and not acted, the FA could not retrospectively punish a player, as the incident had technically been addressed by the referee.

The latest example of this came during Chelsea and Tottenham's recent match, where Chelsea striker Torres was involved in an incident with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, where cameras blatently showed Torres scratching him across the face.

However, because it had been 'partially seen' by the referee, no action could be taken afterward, even if the full extent of the incident was not fully apparent to the match officials at the time.

FA chairman Greg Dyke has responded to this by prompting changes to the rules regarding post match punishments for players.

FA Director of Governance Darren Bailey said: "This enables the FA to consider acts of violent conduct, like an elbow or a stamp, which have occurred after a challenge for the ball or coming together of players."

"It is sometimes difficult for officials to see such incidents, as they are often concentrating solely on the challenge for possession of the ball, and we are mindful of this."

"Also, where off-the-ball incidents are concerned, the policy adjustment will allow action to be taken where an act of misconduct could not have been seen by the match officials, even though they may have seen some part of the players coming together."

"This is an important step forward for the game and provides an appropriate level of discretion for the FA to consider action. However, we remain of the view that the best outcome for all is that referees are able to make correct judgements on the day to benefit the teams involved."

Fulham player Sascha Riether was this week handed three-match ban for a stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj that went unseen by match officials, which allowed action to be taken after a review from a panal of Elite Referees.

 

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