Coronavirus: Footballers risk punishment if they intentionally cough at opponents in new rules

Coronavirus: Footballers risk punishment if they intentionally cough at opponents in new rules

- Coronavirus has forced the introduction of new measures to curb the spread of the infection

- FA clarified a player can be red-carded if the offence meets enough merit

- However, individuals spitting and groups celebrating still remain within the rules

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Footballers could be handed marching orders for deliberately coughing at opponents and referees.

This is according to a raft of new rules introduced by the Football Association (FA) in England.

It is understood the guidelines were introduced in light of the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reports reveal the rules, which will fall under the category of use of offensive, insulting language and/or gestures.

Footballers risk punishment if they intentionally cough at opponents in new rules

The introduction of the new measures is meant to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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However, FA clarified a cough at the said people may not warrant a direct red card and a player may be cautioned instead.

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If the incident was not severe enough to merit a sending-off, caution could be issued for ‘unsporting behaviour - shows a lack of respect for the game’," FA said in a statement.

The continued spread of the coronavirus has seen several football federations introduce new rules in the game in an effort to combat the spread of the virus.

Key among the new measures include freedom for teams to line up five substitutes in a single match, up from just three.

Footballers risk punishment if they intentionally cough at opponents in new rules

FA clarified a player can only be red-carded if the offence meets enough merit. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The IFAB made the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game back in May 2020 following a proposal made by the world football governing body, FIFA.

Legit.ng earlier reported Premier League has been dealt a blow on Tuesday, May 19, after six positive coronavirus cases were recorded among three clubs.

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This came as the topflight prepared for a resumption, which was slated for June.

Reports from England indicate up to 748 staff and players were tested, with six of the tests coming out positive.

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