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Yellow card to be automatic for criticising football referee

Friday 21 December 2012

Football players who criticise the referee during a game will immediately be given a yellow card, the Dutch football association said on Friday.

The measure is currently part of KNVB rules but is not always enforced, RTL news reported.

The rule will be enforced after the winter break. A second incident will result in a red card, the KNVB said.


The rules state the team captain is the only player allowed to question the referee about a decision. Trainers will also be restricted to giving instructions via the dug-out and will also face sanctions if they criticise the referee.

β€˜In short, it is irrelevant if the decision is right or wrong: coaches and players have to simply accept it,’ the KNVB said.

The get-tough policy follows the attack on linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who died after being attacked by a group of youth players.

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Readers' Comments

''In short, it is irrelevant if the decision is right or wrong: coaches and players have to simply accept it,’ the KNVB said''
Oh well that sound fair.

By jason buttle | 21 December 2012 3:43 PM

Typical and expected half response. The way to go is to BOTH enforce this rule and implement HEAVY sanctions to referees and linesmen. Also parents of players of a team SHOULD NOT be allowed to arbitrate matches of that team.

By Neo | 21 December 2012 3:51 PM

How did criticism suddenly become synonymous with aggression?

By Tor | 21 December 2012 4:18 PM

So sad to see the Netherlands trying to follow the US "zero-tolerance policies", which have been shown over and over again to not work.

By Robert | 21 December 2012 4:40 PM

I'm a football fan first and a rugby fan second, but football players can learn a lot from the rugby crowd. Just hope the rule is enforced.

By @CluthaDubh | 21 December 2012 5:56 PM

About time. Show some respect to officials! This has been the rule in rugby for ages: only captains to speak to referees.

By J Berkhout | 21 December 2012 6:20 PM

Let's also have yellow cards for shirt pulling and wrapping arms around opponents. The game is becoming a farce if players are not controlled more.

By Jasper Baxendale | 21 December 2012 7:07 PM

This will not stop the foul language from players and parents. What about the amateur game. This will have no impact.

By Stephen Huyton | 22 December 2012 3:55 AM

Brilliant, works in rugby

By Alan Sleigh | 22 December 2012 10:45 AM

Yellow means nothing. A token gesture. So you can abuse a referee once in every game and get away with it? Make it a Red card, and let's clean up this 'sport'.

By Anton | 22 December 2012 1:47 PM

Not a good move, if the declared objective is to prevent attacks after the game.

By George | 22 December 2012 2:32 PM

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