Topic Originator: GG Riva
Date: Mon 25 Nov 07:30
We don't tend to see a lot of quickly taken free kicks in the modern game and consequently not a lot of goals as a result, but exceptionally, there were two in the EPL at the week-end; one for Southampton and another for Wolves.
There are two reasons these quick free kicks are no longer commonplace:-
1. Over fussy refs who tell the attacking team to wait until they blow the whistle.
2. Defending players standing over the ball, or grabbing it to prevent a quick free kick.
Given that quick free kicks are allowed to give the attacking team the advantage their opponents have sought to deny it, referees should be instructed not to insist on blowing their whistle to re-start a game. If players who obstruct/delay the taking of a quick free kick automatically incurred a yellow card, that might cure that particular 'tactic' overnight.
Why should defending teams who commit tactical fouls be allowed the luxury of organising themselves with walls etc?
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