A revolutionary rule is to be introduced at the World Cup to allow referees the power to send players off for violent conducts from incidents they may have missed in the same match.
Mirror.com reports that the new rule will work in conjunction with VAR to give referees the flexibility to return to an incident they may have missed.
Even if play has resumed, a referee will be allowed to retrospectively punish said player either at half-time if an incident comes to light, or even up to an hour afterwards.
The idea is to clamp down on violent conduct and players who presume they can avoid punishment with enough deception.
It will also give the current opposition an advantage, rather than a potential disadvantage should the opponent be suspended for a game against another rival.
A clear example of how this rule could alter a game would be Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso during a game vs Southampton at St Mary’s last season.
The Spaniard was retrospectively banned despite finishing the game for the Blues after a challenge on Shane Long, but under new regulations,
Alonso would have been dismissed at a later stage of the contest.
Another rule will arrive to counter ill discipline from players and coaches gesturing towards officials for VAR to be used or entering the referee’s review area: the former will receive a yellow card and the latter will be handed a warning, according to the Mail.