Red card warning for deliberate coughing

Afp, London

5 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Footballers can be sent off if referees judge they have coughed deliberately at opponents or match officials in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, say the sport's rule-makers and England's Football Association.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said it was up to the referee to judge whether he felt the cough was an abusive gesture.

IFAB classified deliberate coughing as similar to "using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures".


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