Football’s law-makers look to crack down on time wasting

Substitutions in injury time could be BANNED as football’s law-makers look to crack down on time-wasting tactics

  • The International FA Board will discuss plans to eradicate time wasting
  • One move could see players asked to leave the field by the nearest touchline 
  • A match between Cardiff and Burnley saw the ball in play for just 42 minutes 

Football’s law-makers want to crack down on time-wasting tactics, with a ban on substitutions in injury-time one of the areas being considered. 

Another move could see players asked to leave the pitch by walking to the closest touchline rather than to their bench. 

The International FA Board will discuss the plans at their annual meeting in March.

Cardiff City captain Sean Morrison took eight minutes taking 20 throw-ins during their 2-1 defeat at home to Burnley this month - prompting concerns about time-wasting in football

Cardiff City captain Sean Morrison took eight minutes taking 20 throw-ins during their 2-1 defeat at home to Burnley this month – prompting concerns about time-wasting in football

An IFAB source told The Times earlier this month: ‘We all want to crack down on major time-wasting and increase playing time but the fundamental question is how we do it.’

The move comes after a recent Premier League game between Cardiff and Burnley, in which the ball was in play for just 42 minutes and two seconds.

It was the shortest amount of actual playing time in a top-flight fixture since the 40 minutes and 50 seconds of action when Stoke City played Aston Villa in December 2013.

Of the 48 minutes lost to delays and time-wasting at the Cardiff City Stadium, a remarkable eight minutes were spent waiting for Cardiff’s Sean Morrison to take 20 long throw-ins. 

Morrison wipes the ball with a towel before taking one of his long throws on Sunday

Morrison wipes the ball with a towel before taking one of his long throws on Sunday

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