‘2002 Korea Semifinals’ referee’s innovative suggestion, “10 minute penalty instead of warning!”

Former football referee Urs Meyer, who served as the referee for the semi-final match between Korea and Germany at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, proposed an innovative rule amendment.

Germany’s ‘Bild’ quoted an interview with ‘Stuttgart Zeitung’ on the 1st (Korean time) and reported, “The former top referee Mayer demanded new measures that could revolutionize football.”

Football rules have always taken into account the ‘dynamism’ of football. One of the main goals is to eliminate wasted time as much as possible. The closest example is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in which a generous extra time was given by calculating all times the ball was stationary to eliminate ‘bed soccer’.

It is also the same reason that it was revised in 1992 to prevent goalkeepers from catching teammates’ ‘foot passes’ with their hands. Previously, a goalkeeper could use his hand to kill time by grabbing a teammate’s pass, and at Euro 1992 Denmark took advantage of it to the extreme and won the title. 안전놀이터 Since then, the rule revision has not only produced a faster game than before, but also led to a new trend called ‘a good goalkeeper’.

Meyer’s argument is also in line with this. Regarding the current warning regulations, he said, “a time penalty would be a huge help in that a yellow card is accepted as a moderate punishment,” and that instead of the current warning-exit system, punishment should be hourly.

It’s a pretty reasonable proposition. In fact, it is true that a warning in current football is accepted as a ‘discipline that can be willingly taken’ at the same time as acting as a risk burden. The reason why players play to block the opponent’s counterattack even in exchange for a warning is because there is no downside to a yellow card other than the burden of being sent off.

For this reason, a transition to a time penalty is necessary. “It would change a lot if the referee could impose a 10-minute penalty (instead of a warning) as a final punishment for unsportsmanlike conduct, complaints or delays,” Meyer said. It is the position that the time penalty can reduce game delay as well as fair play.

It also insisted that the lightly injured person must be outside for one minute unconditionally to be reintroduced to the field. This is also to prevent ‘bed soccer’ to increase dynamics. “If a presumed injured player had to be out for a minute, there would definitely be less Hollywood action,” Meyer said.

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