one f in mansfield wrote:Players used to have free-kicks awarded against them for ungentlemanly conduct . given to any player kicking the ball away , diving , mouthing off , time wasting and loads of other mard arse behaviour .
the other rule i would like to see being used more often is the obstruction rule . if two players are chasing the ball and the one in front stops causing the one behind to run into him then a free kick should be awarded to the chasing player . or , if the player in front goes over and the chasing player then gets possession of the ball then play on . Shielding the ball is part of the game but pulling up quickly so a player runs into you should not be regarded as a skill
That's a tricky one to police though isn't it. Both running to the ball at speed, you can't amble along otherwise the guy behind you gets there first. You stop quickly to shield the ball and the guy can't stop in time on a slippery pitch and clatters into you.
Ref... 'What are you doing son stopping that fast, you'll cause an accident. The poor lad behind you has bumped his knee, it's a free kick I'm afraid and the next time you do it you're in t'book sunshine'.
Minutes later you have the refs warning in your mind as the same situation arrives and the lad behind you overtakes you cos you've dilly dallied then you clatter into him.
Ref... 'Son what are you doing tackling from behind?'
'But, but ref'.
'No son, it's a yellow for you and I'm watching you so be warned.
Towards the end of the game it happens again and you don't know which way to turn a the guy gets there again first after you've dawdled and he's able to get in a cross for the winning goal.
The fans forum later that night slates your fitness, your desire and just about everything you've ever done and says you should never play for t'club again.