Referee at the European Championships: Pack formation is banned – sport

One of the predictable reflexes in Germany, a football country, is that people regularly look with great astonishment at other team sports – and relate what they see to their favorite game. What football can learn from handball (mostly), from ice hockey or from basketball (less often) … – that’s how the theses began, which of course always had no consequences until at some point no one took them seriously anymore. In this respect, one piece of news from this week is a surprising turn of events: Football now actually wants to learn something from other sports!

On Tuesday, the European football association Uefa announced an innovation in the interpretation of the rules: referees should give reasons for controversial decisions more often – and only speak to the respective team captain. This is what we have seen so far mainly in rugby games, which therefore take place without constant discussions, not to mention so-called pack formations. This should no longer exist in football either.

“We call on all teams to ensure that only the captain speaks to the referee,” said UEFA referee chief Roberto Rosetti in the statement: “The captains, for their part, must ensure that their teammates neither harass nor address the referee directly “So that the decision can be explained as quickly and respectfully as possible.” And further: “Any player who ignores the role of his captain, complains to the referee and/or behaves disrespectfully will be warned”, i.e. shown a yellow card. If the captain is the goalkeeper, a field player must be named as the contact person.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) also recently started the test phase for a similar, more detailed guideline (with the introduction of a four meter wide area around the referee reserved only for the captain, which was initially not mentioned at UEFA). decided. And even if the so-called rule keepers of football often make you despair with their ideas (they recently wanted to invent a blue card), this time their idea should definitely be supported. There is probably no problem in football that radiates so obviously from the professional field to the amateur sports fields as complaining and harassing referees. Not least because many referees no longer want to be exposed to this, the number of referees in Germany has been declining for years.

It is quite daring for UEFA to test the innovation on the largest possible stage. Because even if the European Championship participants are supposed to be prepared for this before the start of the tournament, many footballers have probably internalized the complaining after referee decisions to such an extent that the result is likely to be inconsistent punishments at the beginning – or very, very many yellow cards. And it is also quite questionable whether the discussions between captains and referees will immediately be as “constructive” as the association imagines. It is therefore not unlikely that football will still be able to learn something from other sports even after the European Championship.

By Editor

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