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Friday, 28 April, 2000, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
FA adopts rugby rule
Roy Keane
Roy Keane disagrees with the referee at the Dell
The Football Association will adopt the "10-yard rule" used in rugby in an effort to stamp out dissent.

The new rule, which allows the referee to move the free-kicks on 10 yards if players show open disagreement, will apply to the Premiership and from the first round of the FA Cup proper.

The FA and the FA Premier League have agreed to adopt the experimental 10-yard advancement rule next season

FA statement

The Football League is likely to follow suit, meaning that the provision could be in effect for the first Nationwide League matches of next season, starting on 12 August.

From next season, any player who dissents, fails to retreat or deliberately throws the ball away when a direct or indirect free-kick is awarded must be booked and the ball moved forward by 10 yards.

But unlike rugby, the ball will be moved towards the centre of the goal posts rather than parallel to the touchline.

Free-kicks will not convert into penalties if moving the ball takes it inside the penalty area. This will result in direct free-kicks in the area for the first time.
Red card
Players could be sent off for dissenting twice

However, the ball cannot be placed inside the six-yard box.

Unlike rugby, referees will not be able to move the ball more than once towards the goal. Rugby referees can repeatedly move the ball on and take play to within five yards of the try-line if dissent persists.

Instead, football referees will be allowed to hand out a second yellow card.

The rule has already been tested with some success in Jersey, the Central Midlands Football League and the Auto-Windscreens Shield.

A review will take place at the end of the 2000-2001 season to assess how effective the rule is.

An FA statement said: "The FA and the FA Premier League have agreed to adopt the experimental 10-yard advancement rule next season.

"It is expected that, in the next few weeks, the Football League will also adopt it."

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