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Football: Ifab rejects Uefa request to change triple punishment

Published on Mar 1, 2014 11:29 PM

ZURICH (REUTERS) - A request from Uefa to change the so-called triple punishment rule has been rejected by football's law-making body, while a proposal to study the use of video technology also got short shrift.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) said on Saturday that it was concerned that changing the controversial rule would re-open the door for goalkeepers to commit cynical fouls to prevent clear scoring opportunities.

"We don't want to flip back to where we were before where some goalkeepers knew that if they could not be sent off, they would simply take out the attacker," board member Stewart Regan told reporters.

The so-called triple punishment happens when a defender or goalkeeper denies an opposing forward a clear scoring opportunity in the penalty area.

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