UEFA asks referees to clamp down on serious foul play

UEFA refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina said: ‘We do not want situations where a player’s future is put in doubt because of serious injury caused by a challenge.’ (Reuters)
Updated 12 February 2018
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UEFA asks referees to clamp down on serious foul play

NYON, Switzerland: UEFA has asked referees to clamp down on serious foul play and offer more protection for players.
The call for tougher action on reckless challenges came ahead of the Champions League and Europa League resuming this week.
“We need to have players playing, so they must be protected on the field,” UEFA refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina said Monday. “We do not want situations where a player’s future is put in doubt because of serious injury caused by a challenge, whether it is intentional, or is unintentional and the player making the challenge is taking a risk of causing injury.
“Players must understand that they have to respect their opponents and show the same positive behavior to them that they would want to receive themselves.”


Saudi Arabia leave it late to salvage draw with Iraq in Riyadh

Updated 15 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia leave it late to salvage draw with Iraq in Riyadh

  • Abdulaziz Al-Bishi scored in the 94th minute
  • Pizzi rang the changes in the second half, making six subsitutions in total

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia left it late to salvage a draw in their match against Iraq on Monday night, with Abdulaziz Al-Bishi scoring in the 94th minute.
The fixture at the King Saud University Stadium pitted Juan Antonio Pizzi’s Green Falcons against an Asian Cup rival in Iraq, galvanized by the arrival of Slovenian coach Srencko Katanec.
The first half was a cagey affair, with both sides canceling each other out, and Musthafa Nadhim receiving a yellow card just before halftime.
Pizzi rang the changes in the second half, making six subsitutions in total, three coming after Iraq’s opener. Muhannad Ali put the visitors in front with twenty minutes remaining.
Saudi Arabia kept pressing, and were rewarded in the dying minutes when Al-Bishi scored with almost the last kick of the game.