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Football: Norwegian FA considers allowing only captains to speak to refs

Published on Mar 27, 2014 10:24 PM

OSLO (REUTERS) - Crowds of angry players surrounding referees to complain about decisions could soon be a thing of the past in Norway, as the country's football association (NFF) considers a move to allow only team captains to talk to officials.

With Norway's Tippeligaen due to kick off on Friday, the suggestion came from the captains themselves following a meeting called by NFF general secretary Kjetil Siem to find ways to reduce both stoppages and conflicts during games.

"We spoke a lot about how we can strengthen the captain's role, and how it can be clarified even more," Lillestrom captain Frode Kippe told newspaper Verdens Gang.

One move may be to follow in the footsteps of rugby union and make team captains the first point of contact for match officials.

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