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PFA boss Gordon Taylor wants retrospective action on divers and reckless tackles

PFA boss Taylor wants retrospective action on divers and reckless tackles

By
Martyn Ziegler, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:11 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

15:11 GMT, 25 March 2013

Players’ chief Gordon Taylor will argue for rules on retrospective action to be widened to allow both diving and dangerous tackles to be dealt with at English footballer’s stakeholders’ annual meeting this summer.

The Football Association is going to look at the issue surrounding retrospective action again after the furore that followed the decision to take no action against Wigan’s Callum McManaman for his tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has said the incident should have been regarded as 'exceptional' which would allow retrospective action to be taken and Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Taylor agrees – but wants to go still further.

Horrendous: Callum McManaman's tackle on Massadio Haidara which caused so much controversy

Horrendous: Callum McManaman's tackle on Massadio Haidara which caused so much controversy

Aftermath: Taylor wants players to be banned after games when time has been taken to consider the decisions

Aftermath: Taylor wants players to be banned after games when time has been taken to consider the decisions

Taylor said: 'We are not saying matches should be re-refereed on a Monday morning but my feeling is there has got to be room to review such incidents.

'If there is a high-profile incident and the referee has not seen it and the referee’s assistant has not seen it clearly then that should be dealt with.

'We could have a review panel made up of experienced people from within the game and it could also look at incidents of simulation, which I feel is another big problem in the game.

Tempers: McManaman's tackle created ugly scenes at half-time as Newcastle's John Carver was distraught

Tempers: McManaman's tackle created ugly scenes at half-time as Newcastle's John Carver was distraught

'If we are not careful we will get into areas of ambiguity and saying a dangerous tackle is ''not exceptional enough''.

'If there is any doubt for such incidents, for red cards that are being challenged and for simulation there is no reason why they shouldn’t be looked at.'

The FA is keen to look at the issues again, while Scudamore believes the rules do not need to be changed, but that incidents such as McManaman’s tackle should be regarded as exceptional.

The Football League may prove the sticking point however as it is understood it was the body most opposed to any move to review more incidents after matches.

Cheating Gareth Bale has been booked three times for diving so far this season

Cheating Gareth Bale has been booked three times for diving so far this season

Authority: PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor (left) prior to the Football League Awards

Authority: PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor (left) prior to the Football League Awards

Foreign players set for British culture lessons following Luis Suarez and John Mikel Obi race rows

Foreign players set to be sent for lessons on British culture in bid to avoid repeat of Suarez-Evra race row

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 11 December 2012

Foreign footballers arriving in
Britain to play in the Premier League may have to take cultural lessons
as part of a series of measures to try to stamp out race-related
offences in the game.

More than 60 per cent of players in
the English top flight – and around 20 per cent of players in the
football league – are foreign, although the number is falling year on
year.

Controversy: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) received ban for abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra

Controversy: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) received eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra

These lessons on the ‘British cultural environment’, which essentially offer foreign players a crash course on life in England, form a key part of a new Government proposal.

It is a response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands for tougher action to tackle discrimination in football at an anti-racism summit back in February.

According to the BBC, the giant document ‘English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan’ – which contains 93 points – will also recommend that clubs bring in mandatory anti-discrimination clause in all players’ and managers’ contracts.

Premier League football has been blighted by a run of embarrassing high-profile cases. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight games by the FA for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Fall out: Referee Mark Clattenburg was wrongly accused by Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

Fall out: Ref Mark Clattenburg was falsely accused by Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

The case revolved around the semantic ambiguity of the word ‘negrito’. It is a term widely used in Suarez’s native Uruguay but the FA dismissed the argument claiming Suarez should and would have known better.

More recently, former England captain John Terry was banned for four matches for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, Chelsea falsely alleged that referee Mark Clattenburg had racially abused John Mikel Obi, Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong accused Swansea City supporters of making racist gestures towards him and Manchester police are investigating alleged racist abuse during the Manchester derby.

The Government are hoping to make an announcement before the end of the year, but any new protocol would not come into effect until next season.

LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Agreement warns athletes not to sell kit on eBay

Sell your kit on eBay, and you're out! Britain's Olympic hopefuls warned in pre-Games agreement

British Olympic hopefuls will only be allowed to compete at the London Games if they agree not to sell their kit on eBay, and not criticise team-mates or sponsors.

Athletes have been given a set of orders as a condition for representing their country at this summer's spectacular.

The British Olympic Association will tell each of the 560 athletes hoping to represent Great Britain that they must sign a confidential 34-page rule book, titled the ‘Team Member’s Agreement'.

London calling: The eyes of the world will be on the capital this summer

London calling: The eyes of the world will be on the capital this summer

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The Telegraph reported on Wednesday that the agreement contains an order that athletes cannot criticise team-mates during, or after the Games.

Some of the other key orders are that athletes cannot 'denigrate' sponsors, attend press conferences not arranged by Olympic organisers wearing kit, or bet on any event. They are also not allowed to sell their kit on eBay.

Athletes are also banned from using tattoos, haircuts, piercings or contact
lenses as ways of issuing 'commercial' or 'political' messages.

And they have been told that if they win gold, they will be given 10,000 to use their image on a special set of first-class stamps.

It also seems that the BOA are planning
to create a special British Olympic Hall of Fame, with the agreement
telling athletes they may be in future eligible for induction.

Going for gold: Rebecca Adlington is one of Britain's leading Olympians

Going for gold: Rebecca Adlington is one of Britain's leading Olympians

Darryl Seibel, BOA communications director, told the Telegraph: 'Early in this process it was clear, especially from the athletes’ agents, that they wanted a document that was quite specific to avoid any ambiguity.'

The agreement brings back memories of a similar one before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which forbid any criticism of China’s political system. The agreement was revised within hours after widespread criticism.