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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Suspension Sooner!

An interesting change to the way the A-League handles yellow card points which I've only just become aware of.

This season the group of cautions that fall under the heading Unsporting Behavior have been changed slightly to reflect a desire to eliminate certain types of misconduct.*

There are now 4 types of yellow that carry 5 disciplinary points. These are:

A direct free kick foul in a reckless manner.

A direct free kick foul while tackling for the ball from behind without endangering the safety of an opponent.

A tactical foul designed to interfere with or impede an opposing team’s attacking play (e.g., pushing an opponent, blatantly holding an opponent or an opponent's uniform, handling the ball deliberately)

Handling the ball deliberately to score a goal.

The thresholds for suspensions remain 21, 33, 44 and 55 points.

The upshot of this is that player suspensions for yellow card accumulations could happen sooner this season.

*In addition there are a couple of new cautions:
Making unauthorized marks on the field
Removing a jersey after scoring a goal


Of course I will be keeping track of Timbers disciplinary point accumulation throughout the year (so far only Aaron Heinzen has any points - changed from Hugo Alcaraz on review) and there will probably be another installment of the A-League-wide "Who's a Naughty Boy Then" feature soon!!

posted by the timberlog at 3:13 PM



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