The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

ONE of the most con­tentious as­pects of mod­ern day foot­ball in­volves man-mark­ing at set­plays. Who can hon­estly say they un­der­stand what is al­low­able and what will be pun­ished?

Se­ri­ously, what ex­actly are the laws on what you can do and what you can’t do in a tight penalty area sit­u­a­tion?

I am not beg­ging a ques­tion about what play­ers can nor­mally ‘get away with’. I am ask­ing for to­tal clar­ity on what is al­lowed in the rules and what isn’t al­lowed.

What can a striker do to block or af­fect a goal­keeper? At what point is a held shirt an in­fringe­ment?

The law-mak­ers need to help refs by ed­u­cat­ing us all, in­clud­ing fans, on the dos and don’ts. It needs to be clar­i­fied.

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