Premier League to get tough on bad behaviour

In a bid to control what it calls “unacceptable levels” of poor conduct, English football will be introducing new disciplinary measures aimed at players and managers.

The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association announced the new rules in a joint statement released on Wednesday.

As of next season, players who confront match officials and use offensive language or make gestures towards them will receive red cards.

Managers and coaching staff will also be more strictly policed within the technical areas.

Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said there was growing concern that players were overstepping the mark in their treatment of match officials.

“It is our collective position that these types of behaviour should no longer be tolerated,” he added.

“Things happen in the heat of the moment during fast and highly competitive football. We still want to see the passion fans enjoy and demand, but players and managers have to be aware there are lines that should not be crossed.”

Offences that could result in a yellow card:

  • Visibly disrespectful behaviour to any match official
  • An aggressive response to decisions
  • Confronting an official face to face
  • Running towards an official to contest a decision
  • Offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards match officials
  • Physical contact with any match official in a non-aggressive manner
  • A yellow card for at least one player when two or more from a team surround a match official

New red card offences:

  • If a player confronts match officials and uses offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards them
  • Physical contact with match officials in an aggressive or confrontational manner