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      17.01.2003 01:35
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      Football is a wonderful game. But there are some rules that need changing (or enforcing better) to improve it! Here are my suggestions: The red card offence of deliberately fouling a player who is likely to score should be changed to a yellow card unless the nature of the foul is particularly serious. There should be no free kick or penalty awarded to the attacking team. Simply award the goal that has been denied. This would soon remove this form of cheating from the game! Learn from rugby union where the penalty try rule is king! Golden Goal is pants. If a game needs extra time let us have a full 30 minutes! This allows TV companies to schedule easily and means I can make a cup of tea at half time! The penalty shootout should be abolished. Instead, the ball should be placed on the centre spot and the attacking player be given 10 seconds to get the ball past the goalkeeper. This requires greater skill than simply blasting the ball in from 12 yards and is far more entertaining. Offisde should result in a direct free kick. Why do we insist on making the referee stand with his arm in the air like a Tibetan priest for a few seconds simply to avoid the possibility of a fluke goal. Let the fluke stand and let the poor old referee keep his arm down by making all free kicks direct. Arguing with the referee by any player should result in an automatic yellow card and the moving of a freekick 10 yards in any direction the attacking team requests (eg towards the centre of the pitch for a freekick just outside the box). A team captain should, however, be allowed to politely question any decision the referee makes. Any referee who fails to send a player off for abusive language should be banned from refereeing again. If they simply enforced the rules, referees would get an easier life! Games involving Manchester United should end when Manchester United fall behind. The concept of ?injury time un
      til they score? should no longer apply for Manchester United. David Elleray should be shot, as should Uriah Rennie. As should Carlton Palmer! These are small changes that would improve the game no end. What do you think?

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