|Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson sending off Martín Demichelis for DOGSO (c) dailymail.co.uk|
Following an official request by UEFA, warmly supported by president Michel Platini (here you can find the news), IFAB has discussed in today’s meeting the opportunity to change or avert the “Triple Punishment”. The final decision is that nothing will change. The Triple Punishment has been confirmed, therefore a referee will have still to send off a player in case of DOGSO. The hope is that a red card can occur only in mandatory situations, nevertheless everything will remain under the full discretion of the match officials.
Apart from that, IFAB has also discussed further issues, deciding in this way: a player will be banned in case of messages under his shirt (especially after a celebration), the usage of head covers has been officially ratified, no technology on the pitch to help the referee apart from the GLT already in use, the experiment about sin bins will continue at amateur level.
Finally, FIFA secretary Jérôme Valcke has stated that LotG will be changed and clarified in certain points, especially about the discussed topics, in order to make them even more detailed.