There has been a change in one of the key laws in football and former Premier League official Keith Hackett gives us his thoughts.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) the body responsible for the laws of the game recently announced the results of a once in a generation review.

I was particularly interested in the outcome of the discussions relating to the Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO)red card

The draconian punishment handed out to the player committing this offence has always caused me great concern.

I wanted the IFAB to reduce the triple jeopardy punishment currently in operation and to withdraw the red card completely apart from where a player deliberately handles the ball denying an obvious goal.

To clarify what is triple jeopardy when a DOGSO offence is committed.

1. The denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity is replaced with the award of a penalty kick, giving the team the chance to score.
2. The player is dismissed from the field of play by been shown the red card
3. The player is then suspended from the next game.

The change that comes into operation on June 1st 2016 in my opinion is likely to cause confusion and opens the door for referees to apply in an inconsistent manner.

Some offences in the penalty area are now punished with a YELLOW CARD.
Ie those offences, which are a genuine attempt to play the ball.

RED CARD however remains for handball, holding, pulling, pushing, not attempting to play the ball or no possibility to play the ball.

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