During the 2016/17 season, any player found guilty of swearing at an official will now be given a red card.
The Premier League, EFL and The FA have announced a collective undertaking to improve behaviour across the game, with a set of new rules being put in place to take a stronger position and action towards unacceptable participant conduct.
Over the past four seasons, English football authorities have noticed that intolerable behaviour by players and managers have reached ‘unacceptable levels’ towards match officials.
The aim – to reduce disrespectful conduct.
Here’s a list of sanctions that the Premier League, EFL and The FA have announced:
Dissent towards match officials
Yellow cards will be issued to players who:
- Show visibly disrespectful behaviour to any match official
- Respond aggressively to decisions
- Confront an official face to face
- Run towards an official to contest a decision
Offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards match officials
Red cards will be issued to players who confront match officials and use offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards them.
Physical contact with match officials
- A yellow card for physical contact with any match official in a non-aggressive manner (e.g. an inquisitive approach to grab the official’s attention).
- A red card for physical contact with match officials in an aggressive or confrontational manner.
Surrounding match officials
- A yellow card for at least one player when two or more from a team surround a match official.
- The FA will continue to sanction teams when they surround match officials.
Conduct in the technical area
Behaviour by players and club staff in the technical area will be more rigorously enforced
- The requirements of the Technical Area Code of Conduct will be more rigorously enforced for players and club staff.
- Additionally, match officials will be required to retain professional detachment from players and club staff at all times.