FA closes rules loophole

The loophole that saw Fernando Torres avoid sanctions for scratching an opponent earlier this season has been closed under revised Football Association rules.

Last Updated: 07/11/13 at 17:32 Post Comment

Fernando Torres: Could have faced action for scratching Jan Vertonghen

Fernando Torres: Could have faced action for scratching Jan Vertonghen

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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

Chelsea striker Torres escaped punishment for the incident with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen because it had been 'partially seen', even if the full seriousness of the actions were missed.

That case prompted new FA chairman Greg Dyke to act but had no bearing on Sascha Riether's three-match ban, levied on Wednesday for a stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj.

Riether was dealt with via a three-man panel of former elite referees which was brought in during the summer to look at video evidence in incidents missed by match officials.

Scott Field FA Head of Media Relations told Sky Sports News: "There are two extensions to the ability that the FA has had for a while to review 'not seen' incidents where the referee hasn't seen anything.

"That means they can go back retrospectively and base their judgement on what the video has shown after the event.

"What we're now looking to do in extending these regulations is to allow us to look at incidents that have happened secondary to a challenge for the ball - so where a referee has seen a coming together of players but may not have seen a secondary incident we now have the ability to review those incidents.

"Similarly if match officials have seen an incident but have not been able to view it to its fullest extent we're now able to take a view and look at that retrospectively."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Premier League: Manchester City respond to Chelsea's victory by winning at West Brom

Manchester City won 3-1 at West Brom to reduce the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League back to three points.

Premier League: Stoke manager Mark Hughes praises tactical display in win over Everton

Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes his side got their tactics right as they picked up a 1-0 win at Everton.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property