FA ready to get shirty

Basingstoke Gazette: Adam Lallana pays tribute to his mum Adam Lallana pays tribute to his mum

A ban on players displaying personal slogans on under-shirts would clear up a grey area in the rules, Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has claimed.

The FA is proposing the ban at the meeting of the International FA Board, the game's law-making body, next month.

Messages on T-shirts have become common - this season Didier Drogba revealed a tribute to Nelson Mandela, while in the past Everton's Steven Pienaar displayed one saying 'God is Great', and Mario Balotelli unveiled his famous 'Why Always Me' message when he was at Manchester City.

Even Saints' Adam Lallana revealed a message wishing his mum a happy birthday after scoring earlier this season.

Horne has defended the FA's proposal, telling Press Association Sport: "There are lots of grey lines around what's acceptable and what's not acceptable and therefore a blanket ban on anything on an under-shirt is we think a clearer rule to police.

"At the moment the rules are vague and what this would do is enable the rule to be applied consistently.

"We think it is worth tidying up and then it is up to competition organisers how they want to apply it."

Horne is on of the new directors of the IFAB, and said a report to the body about video replays for referees should be treated with caution.

The FA backed goal-line technology strongly - and Horne said it has successfully been used on 11 occasions so far in the Premier League this season - but he wants more trials before using other forms of technology.

He added: "I understand that there is a trial in Holland on video replays and I think that it what we will get an update on.

"It is a really difficult one because we have always said that technology for the goal-line, for that binary decision of a goal or no goal, is important we have heard that 11 times this season it has been used and the referee has relied on it and it has been helpful.

"I'm happy with that but it's a difficult judgement call in terms of where you allow technology into the game and how it interacts with the flow of the game.

"My personal view is I would be very, very cautious about it in terms of interrupting the flow. Offside decisions or penalty decisions or goalmouth decisions, I'm not sure but I am up for trials of these things because why shouldn't we learn."

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12:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

notaclue says...

The fourth official video ref works well in rugby and stops many an injustice. Judge for yourself tomorrow Scotland v England.
The fourth official video ref works well in rugby and stops many an injustice. Judge for yourself tomorrow Scotland v England. notaclue
  • Score: 10

12:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

What a load of rubbish!
As long as its not offensive to anyone let them continue.
Next they will have temporary tattoos under the socks that they can roll down saying "I love Mum"
What about Billys tribute "That's for you Son"

The FA need to grow up!
What a load of rubbish! As long as its not offensive to anyone let them continue. Next they will have temporary tattoos under the socks that they can roll down saying "I love Mum" What about Billys tribute "That's for you Son" The FA need to grow up! Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 26

12:13pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Jesus_02 says...

All important stuff...but what is moree so...using replays or the shirt issue?

What brings the game into more disrepute diving and in extream over acting or someone taking their shirt off?

BAN FLORES' FOR BRINGING THE GAME INTO DISREPUTE
All important stuff...but what is moree so...using replays or the shirt issue? What brings the game into more disrepute diving and in extream over acting or someone taking their shirt off? BAN FLORES' FOR BRINGING THE GAME INTO DISREPUTE Jesus_02
  • Score: 7

12:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

What a load of BS !. Get some good referee instead of raising a none issue!!
What a load of BS !. Get some good referee instead of raising a none issue!! therealredarmy
  • Score: 1

12:49pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Puddletown Saint says...

What are your thoughts on video refs. I always believed as a bit of a traditionalist the flow of the game was important. But saying that I would still prefer all Division one games to kick off at 3pm on a Saturday and finish at 440pm with a 10 min half time break and for the FA Cup third round draw to be made at 5pm on the Saturday after the second round with the Cup final the last match of the season etc etc etc....
But I really believe now that with the technology there is, with the incredible monies involved (Champions league/relegation) that getting the right decision is of the upmost importance, be that by the way of a challenge or the referee asking upstairs. if you look at tennis, cricket or rugby is does add that little extra sparkle.

As for the shirts - FA just needs to grow up!!!!!!!!
What are your thoughts on video refs. I always believed as a bit of a traditionalist the flow of the game was important. But saying that I would still prefer all Division one games to kick off at 3pm on a Saturday and finish at 440pm with a 10 min half time break and for the FA Cup third round draw to be made at 5pm on the Saturday after the second round with the Cup final the last match of the season etc etc etc.... But I really believe now that with the technology there is, with the incredible monies involved (Champions league/relegation) that getting the right decision is of the upmost importance, be that by the way of a challenge or the referee asking upstairs. if you look at tennis, cricket or rugby is does add that little extra sparkle. As for the shirts - FA just needs to grow up!!!!!!!! Puddletown Saint
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Fri 7 Feb 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

FA diverting attention from poor refs me thinks?
FA diverting attention from poor refs me thinks? worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 7

1:17pm Fri 7 Feb 14

IOAD says...

Somebody in the FA came up with this idea and that person gets paid.
Just how does one get a job like that, I should like to know?
Somebody in the FA came up with this idea and that person gets paid. Just how does one get a job like that, I should like to know? IOAD
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Saintsayer II says...

Can anyone in the FA please explain to me who got injured when Adam wished his Mum Happy Birthday
Can anyone in the FA please explain to me who got injured when Adam wished his Mum Happy Birthday Saintsayer II
  • Score: 7

2:19pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Saintsayer II says...

notaclue wrote:
The fourth official video ref works well in rugby and stops many an injustice. Judge for yourself tomorrow Scotland v England.
But we don't want a stop start game
[quote][p][bold]notaclue[/bold] wrote: The fourth official video ref works well in rugby and stops many an injustice. Judge for yourself tomorrow Scotland v England.[/p][/quote]But we don't want a stop start game Saintsayer II
  • Score: 2

3:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

jungliztik says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Can anyone in the FA please explain to me who got injured when Adam wished his Mum Happy Birthday
Not 'injured' but it did have an affect the sponser, aap3 in the case of Saints, who paid money to have their logo on the shirt. When the camera focused on the goal scorer it could not be seen.
Maybe just me being a cynic but I believe almost certainly to do with money somehow.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Can anyone in the FA please explain to me who got injured when Adam wished his Mum Happy Birthday[/p][/quote]Not 'injured' but it did have an affect the sponser, aap3 in the case of Saints, who paid money to have their logo on the shirt. When the camera focused on the goal scorer it could not be seen. Maybe just me being a cynic but I believe almost certainly to do with money somehow. jungliztik
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Fri 7 Feb 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

The FA are fast becoming a complete joke. Why wont they deal with actual concerns from fans such a the Chico Flores incident. I find it so frustrating that they allow blatant cheating, nothing is ever said or done about it and it really is not acceptable. When will one of these idiots stand up and be counted and make changes that actually vastly improve the game. Instead they **** about with nonsense like this.... Its almost like they make mountains out of mole hills to make it look like they actually do something jus to stay in a job. Such a shame that the people in charge of English football are so far from the day to day fan. Its similar to politicians they have no idea about the day to day lives of the people they claim to serve.
The FA are fast becoming a complete joke. Why wont they deal with actual concerns from fans such a the Chico Flores incident. I find it so frustrating that they allow blatant cheating, nothing is ever said or done about it and it really is not acceptable. When will one of these idiots stand up and be counted and make changes that actually vastly improve the game. Instead they **** about with nonsense like this.... Its almost like they make mountains out of mole hills to make it look like they actually do something jus to stay in a job. Such a shame that the people in charge of English football are so far from the day to day fan. Its similar to politicians they have no idea about the day to day lives of the people they claim to serve. SouthLondonSaint
  • Score: 5

5:01pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ShakeyWiffles says...

jungliztik wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Can anyone in the FA please explain to me who got injured when Adam wished his Mum Happy Birthday
Not 'injured' but it did have an affect the sponser, aap3 in the case of Saints, who paid money to have their logo on the shirt. When the camera focused on the goal scorer it could not be seen.
Maybe just me being a cynic but I believe almost certainly to do with money somehow.
Could not be seen? So I take it they made Lovren invisible then?
[quote][p][bold]jungliztik[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Can anyone in the FA please explain to me who got injured when Adam wished his Mum Happy Birthday[/p][/quote]Not 'injured' but it did have an affect the sponser, aap3 in the case of Saints, who paid money to have their logo on the shirt. When the camera focused on the goal scorer it could not be seen. Maybe just me being a cynic but I believe almost certainly to do with money somehow.[/p][/quote]Could not be seen? So I take it they made Lovren invisible then? ShakeyWiffles
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

10 match ban and fine for players who play with gloves on. If you want to play in gloves go in goal.
10 match ban and fine for players who play with gloves on. If you want to play in gloves go in goal. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 6

7:32pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Bassett Boy says...

What a load of blocks!
Who really gives a fvck whether a player takes his shirt off after scoring, or flashes a message to his mum!
Nobody but the bunch of pl0nkers who run the FA, this lot are as incompetent as the TCCB and that's saying something!
The common requirements are, a blazer, an old school tie and the ability to be up ones own @ss.
What a load of blocks! Who really gives a fvck whether a player takes his shirt off after scoring, or flashes a message to his mum! Nobody but the bunch of pl0nkers who run the FA, this lot are as incompetent as the TCCB and that's saying something! The common requirements are, a blazer, an old school tie and the ability to be up ones own @ss. Bassett Boy
  • Score: 3

8:38am Sat 8 Feb 14

Saintsfc86 says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
What a load of rubbish!
As long as its not offensive to anyone let them continue.
Next they will have temporary tattoos under the socks that they can roll down saying "I love Mum"
What about Billys tribute "That's for you Son"

The FA need to grow up!
Couldn't agree with your post more, it just goes to show how boring and outdated the FA are!
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish! As long as its not offensive to anyone let them continue. Next they will have temporary tattoos under the socks that they can roll down saying "I love Mum" What about Billys tribute "That's for you Son" The FA need to grow up![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with your post more, it just goes to show how boring and outdated the FA are! Saintsfc86
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Sat 8 Feb 14

sburman says...

notaclue wrote:
The fourth official video ref works well in rugby and stops many an injustice. Judge for yourself tomorrow Scotland v England.
Because the game has to stop while the decision is made which is not in keeping with football and if you change the rules for top clubs how is it going to work lower down the divisions.

But if you want an iimport from Rugby then why not try the Sin Bin. Works very well in a full contacy sport like rugby.

As for the Under-Shirt discusion, the popular response seems to be `what a load of Bull Sh*T`. A response I full agree with
[quote][p][bold]notaclue[/bold] wrote: The fourth official video ref works well in rugby and stops many an injustice. Judge for yourself tomorrow Scotland v England.[/p][/quote]Because the game has to stop while the decision is made which is not in keeping with football and if you change the rules for top clubs how is it going to work lower down the divisions. But if you want an iimport from Rugby then why not try the Sin Bin. Works very well in a full contacy sport like rugby. As for the Under-Shirt discusion, the popular response seems to be `what a load of Bull Sh*T`. A response I full agree with sburman
  • Score: 0

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