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Should only stop play for head injuries (and even in those circumstances, the player should be booked if there is any question that he may be faking) , the ball should only be kicked out of play by the players own team or the opposing goalkeeper (unless the player is clearly in distress) and under any circumstances the player should always receive treatment and be required to leave the field

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I like the fair play aspect of one team recognising that one of the opposition's players is injured and so they kick the ball out so he can receive treatment. 

The problem is that it's open to abuse and the further up the leagues you go, the worse it gets. 

So, the answer is to change the rules so that it's down to the referee to make any decision to step play for an injury. I would then go one step further and any player deemed to feigning injury would be sent off rather than booked. If a player could later prove, via an independent doctor that  were actually injured then their red card and any subsequent ban would be rescinded.

 

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3 minutes ago, Erik Everhard said:

I like the fair play aspect of one team recognising that one of the opposition's players is injured and so they kick the ball out so he can receive treatment. 

The problem is that it's open to abuse and the further up the leagues you go, the worse it gets. 

So, the answer is to change the rules so that it's down to the referee to make any decision to step play for an injury.

I think the guidelines changed a couple of years back for that very reason. However, despite this, players knocking the ball into touch whenever someone goes down clutching a part of their anatomy or slapping the ground frantically has crept back into the game. There is so much currency in emotion in the modern era - not just in sport - that it's hard for players not to buckle under the weight and pressure of expectation whenever the situation seems to demand they 'do the right thing'. Additionally, it's likely that the feigning is so rife amongst footballers, and implicitly condoned by the those that administer the game, that few players are prepared or 'brave' enough to stand out and call it out by playing on.

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2 hours ago, themanwhowasntthere said:

PI think the guidelines changed a couple of years back for that very reason. However, despite this, players knocking the ball into touch whenever someone goes down clutching a part of their anatomy or slapping the ground frantically has crept back into the game. There is so much currency in emotion in the modern era - not just in sport - that it's hard for players not to buckle under the weight and pressure of expectation whenever the situation seems to demand they 'do the right thing'. Additionally, it's likely that the feigning is so rife amongst footballers, and implicitly condoned by the those that administer the game, that few players are prepared or 'brave' enough to stand out and call it out by playing on.

Win at all costs seems to be the order of the day. The problem with that is that the game as a whole loses.

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If a player has a genuine and serious injury then play should be stopped, whether that is the ball being kicked out by the player's team, the opposing team or the ref blowing up. However, how can you tell if a . player is feigning injury? I think that the ball should be kicked out by the injured player's teammates - how often do you see a player 'go down', his team still have the ball and play on, they lose the ball and then complain that their opponents don't kick the ball out. If you don't kick the ball out yourselves when you have the opportunity you can't expect the opposition to do so for you.

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Keep playing but let the physio come on like they do in Rugby League.

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1 hour ago, riccardo259 said:

If a player has a genuine and serious injury then play should be stopped, whether that is the ball being kicked out by the player's team, the opposing team or the ref blowing up. However, how can you tell if a . player is feigning injury? I think that the ball should be kicked out by the injured player's teammates - how often do you see a player 'go down', his team still have the ball and play on, they lose the ball and then complain that their opponents don't kick the ball out. If you don't kick the ball out yourselves when you have the opportunity you can't expect the opposition to do so for you.

Bit harsh blowing the ref up. :blink:

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51 minutes ago, Guido said:

Keep playing but let the physio come on like they do in Rugby League.

Didn't they have a recent incident in the rugby where the physio got caught up in the action ? This could prove eventful in football, especially as most of the new breed of physios aren't too aware of the rules of the game

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Think you will find Mr Bollox that less players would go down as the impact on their play acting would be pointless.

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12 minutes ago, Guido said:

Think you will find Mr Bollox that less players would go down as the impact on their play acting would be pointless.

You'd hope so but not many players have that mental capacity

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2 hours ago, Wilder Bollox said:

You'd hope so but not many players have that mental capacity

True :lol:

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The problem with the Leeds / Villa thing wasn’t that they didn’t kick the ball out, but that a Leeds player (Clarke?) feigned to do so but then carried on, ie he attempted to deceive the Villa players. 

Yes, they should have played to the whistle, but it’s a poor state of affairs when players are doing that. 

And as for the idea of sending players off when they’re deemed to have feigned injury - how on earth would that work?  Is the ref expected to have some sort of physio qualification!!?

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