FIFA to improve footballer behaviour with introduction of ‘naughty corner’

FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed today that the world football organisation is conducting trials to improve player discipline by introducing a naughty corner where referees could order a player to stand for up to ten minutes.

Under the scheme yellow-carded players must go at once to the nearest corner and stand in the quadrant facing the flag. Asked whether the player might be subjected to abuse by opposing fans, Blatter said that this shouldn’t happen, as it was very important that everyone pretend he is not on the pitch by not speaking to him to show how upset his friends are about his behaviour.

Keith Hackett, refereeing supremo for the English FA, commented that it was an innovative idea which made perfect sense, commenting ‘I always wondered what those little arcs in the corner were for’.


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Posted: Sep 16th, 2009 by

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