Football Association Issues New Rules

Football Association Issues New Rules

Players who deliberately cough at opponents or referees can be shown RED or YELLOW CARDS under new FA guidelines issued amid the coronavirus pandemic

The instructions to referees will come in immediately and will be applied at ALL levels of the game

The FA said action should be taken when "the referee is certain someone deliberately. and from close range. coughed into the face of an opponent or match official...

It added that the offence would fall under the category of "Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures

If the incident was not severe enough to merit a sending off, a caution (yellow card) could be issued for unsporting behaviour.

The document added that referee must not look to punish "routine" coughing and should remind players to avoid spitting on the ground, although it is not an act of misconduct