THE Football Association and the Football League are backing the introduction of a 10-yard rule similar to that used in rugby. A proposal will be put to football's rule-making body, the International Board, at its meeting in Berkshire today that free- kicks are moved 10 yards closer to the offending team's goal if any player shows dissent, does not retreat far enough or delays the kick in any other way.
If that means moving the ball into the penalty area, it does not become a penalty, but remains either a direct or indirect free- kick. The player concerned should receive a yellow card.
Successful experiments have been run this season in the Auto Windscreens Shield, the Central Midlands League and, for the past two years, in all matches played in Jersey.
David Davies, the FA's executive director, said yesterday: "All reports we've had from players, managers and referees have been positive. Whether it is now introduced world-wide is a matter for discussion. …