A cough could lead to red card in soccer

PTI Zurich | Updated on August 04, 2020

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A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card.

The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres.

A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.

The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”

IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgement about the true nature of the offense.

“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players.

“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.”

Published on August 04, 2020

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