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SBD Global/March 3, 2014/International Football
Int'l Football Association Board Bans Use Of Undergarments With Images Or Slogans
Published March 3, 2014
FIFA APPROVES VEILS, TURBANS: The AFP reported FIFA officially authorized the "wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches." This will allow "female muslim players who wear a veil in everyday life to cover their heads during matches, and Valcke added that male players will also be authorised to do so following a request from the Sikh community of Canada." Valcke: "It will be a basic head cover and the color should be the same as the team jersey." The wearing of head covers "had been banned" until '12 (AFP, 3/1).
'TRIPLE PUNISHMENT' NOT UNDER REVIEW: SKY SPORTS reported "at the same meeting on Saturday morning," IFAB rejected a proposal from UEFA to "review the so-called 'triple punishment.'" This occurs when a player is "sent off, concedes a penalty and is later suspended for stopping a goalscoring opportunity." Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan said, "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. It will make such an impact on the game of football if it's changed, we have got to get it right." And there will be "no extension in the use of technology, which will be restricted to goal-line verdicts only." Valcke said, "There is a risk that using the video will change the nature of the game and maybe we will reach the day when the referee will ask one day to stop the game to make sure he has made the right decision" (SKY SPORTS, 3/1).