Football bosses are tearing up the rule book on penalties in a bid to crack down on game spirit after Emi Martinez’s World Cup antics
EMI MARTINEZ has been warned by football lawmakers: we’re coming for you.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper’s antics at the Penalty Shootout World Cup for Argentina will see a major change in penalty rules for next season.
Martinez was the hero of penalty shoot-out victories against Holland and France as the South Americans triumphed in Qatar.
But his shenanigans and delaying tactics aimed at destabilizing opponents angered the International FA Board.
The Ifab are making changes that will discourage goalkeepers from interfering and trying to trick penalty takers from the next term onwards.
Martinez used every trick in the book to deter shootout opponents. The goalkeeper:
- dropped the ball as he seemed ready to hand it to Steven Berghuis
- kicked the ball to the side and stared at Teun Koopmeiners
- launched it into the center circle as Luuk de Jong approached the 18-yard box
- delayed Frenchman Kingsley Coman, including remonstrations with the referee
- grabbed the ball off the spot in front of Aurelien Tchouameni, brought it to his goal line and then threw it to the edge of the box.
Martinez was not the only one whose behavior was seen as a step too far by Fifa and the Ifab.
Dutchman Andries Noppert also tried on and there were concerns over Australia stopper Andrew Redmayne’s crazy goal-line dances.
As a result, last week the Ifab agreed that goalkeepers should not delay penalties or “unfairly distract” the kicker.
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It will now seek to draft new regulations, which will be ratified at the annual general meeting in London in March, before rewriting the laws.
Earlier this month, Fifa announced it had launched “proceedings” against Argentina for “potential violations of the Disciplinary Code” and “Regulations related to the Media and Marketing Regulations”.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7238705/football-penalty-changes-martinez-world-cup/ Football bosses are tearing up the rule book on penalties in a bid to crack down on game spirit after Emi Martinez’s World Cup antics