FIFA look­ing at player be­hav­iour: Van Bas­ten

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FIFA is think­ing about in­tro­duc­ing new mea­sures to im­prove player be­hav­iour to­wards match of­fi­cials, chief of­fi­cer for tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment Marco van Bas­ten re­vealed yes­ter­day. The for­mer Nether­lands striker and man­ager says foot­ball’s world gov­ern­ing body could fol­low the lead of rugby union, in which only team cap­tains are al­lowed to speak to ref­er­ees. “There are a lot of play­ers now who are com­plain­ing dur­ing a game,” Van Bas­ten told the BBC. “I am sure the be­hav­iour of the play­ers can be bet­ter. We are think­ing about putting it back in the right di­rec­tion.” Asked if foot­ball could learn from rugby, Van Bas­ten said: “I think we can learn from ev­ery sport and they can learn from us, but we have to con­front the prob­lem.” He added: “This is what we have to do to help the ref­er­ees. We try to make a good prod­uct-dy­namic, ex­cit­ing-but in the end also hon­est. “There’s a lot of emo­tion in the game and that’s what’s good, but we have to con­trol it also.” — AFP

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