Keep the game fair, FIFA; new rules needed

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I refer to previous conversations suggesting that new rules were required to make the game of football more exciting and flow freely.

Here are a few rule changes to also consider:

1. When a player commits a foul, that player should leave the game if the fouled player is being treated off the field of play.

2. When a fouled player is unable to continue the game, the player who committed the foul should be thrown out of the rest of the game.

In the case involving Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, under the above rules, Sergio Ramos, captain of Real Madrid, who fouled him, would have been kicked out of the game — yes, the equivalent of a red card — because he caused injury to Salah such that he could not continue his game.

This is the worst infringement that can happen in the game — a deliberate handball or foul that deny a scoring opportunity, or the goalie handling the ball outside the area is no comparison, yet those are all red card offences!

Fans will recall many games where a player is fouled and can't continue and there are no more substitutes; the team that committed the foul ended up with a man advantage from that foul, an unjust situation — and there was not even be a yellow card issued.

Remember what Zunigar did to Neymar at World Cup 2014, which contributed to Brazil's eventual demise, even though Brazil won that match? Brazil's best player was severely injured and was not able to help Brazil in the other matches. This affected the morale of the team and they eventually suffered a historic 7-1 drubbing at the feet of the Germans.

Liverpool's early loss of Salah due to the WWE wrestling-like arm-bar-takedown by Ramos, I dare say had a similar effect which contributed to their loss to Real Madrid, although it can be argued that Liverpool's goalie contributed more to the loss, even surpassing the effect of the brilliance of Bale's goal.

The time is ripe for rule changes. FIFA should act to keep the game fair and beautiful.

Norman Lee

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

namronlee@rogers.com

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