Toser en la Premier League será expulsión / Expelled for coughing up a rival: the new rule that English football

La medida entrará a partir de la próxima temporada.

Una entrada violenta, impedir con la mano una pelota que va a gol, doble tarjeta amarilla… y toser. A partir de la próxima temporada, si eres jugador de la Premier League y toses a tu rival, intencionadamente, serás expulsado. El coronavirus ya está presente en el reglamento arbitral.

Intencionadamente. El matiz es importante. La tarjeta roja sólo se mostrará en los casos en los que exista intencionalidad. En los tiempos que corren, el toser se ha convertido en algo a evitar públicamente. La norma está pensada para evitar que los futbolistas utilicen la tos cómo un instrumento para dañar la salud del rival. Actualmente, un tosido puede ser más dañino que una patada.

Es más, si un jugador tose a otro intencionadamente, correrá el riesgo de ser demandado por la Justicia de Inglaterra. En ese caso ya no solamente tendría consecuencias deportivas. Iría más allá. Es la última demostración de cómo el coronavirus está afectando al fútbol.

Expelled for coughing up a rival: the new rule that English football

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the change of guidelines in football. Those leagues that have returned to the activity, have done so under strict health protocols to avoid contagion and in most countries the public has not yet been able to return to the stadiums. In recent hours, in Enland a peculiar modification was introduced to the regulation with the aim of maximizing care around Covid-19.

The Engest Football Association (FA) established that, from the 2020-2021 season, alers who deliberately cough over others may be sanctioned with a yellow or red card, according to the seriousness of the event. This provision will reach all football categories in the country.

The new regulation explains that the sanction will occur if “the referee is assured that someone, in deliberately and within a short distance, coughs in the face of an opponent or a match official.” This action falls into the same category as other situations that are punishable such as language or offensive, insulting or abusive gestures. However, referees are urged not to sanction footballers who cough in a “normal way.” At the same time, players were advised to remind players to avoid spitting on the ground, something that is not considered a passable lack of punishment.