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The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

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.

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