Football must never turnablindeyeagain
ITHE dismissal of Newcastle defender Forest Paul Dummett at Nottingham grey area in the new last weekend exposed a ‘triple punishment’ rules. intended to prevent The summer changes were a simultaneously conceding the injustice of a player card and then being suspended. penalty, collecting a red “The penalty kick effectively The amendment states: for opportunity, so the punishment restores the goalscoring when the a yellow card. However, the player should be… play not a genuine attempt to offence is handball or clearly the player will be sent off.” or challenge for the ball, Lansbury, Dummett certainly In bundling into Henri to challenge for the ball. didn’t make a genuine attempt a genuine attempt to bring Nor, however, did he make clumsy. Nowhere in the him down. He was simply for. Dummett’s successful rules is an accident allowed the FA recognise appeal suggests ref Steve that, but we shouldn’t criticise interpreted Martin too harshly. He merely an ambiguous law.