|Any player that tries to fool the referees by feigning injury or pretending
to have been the victim of an infringement will be guilty of
simulation and will be punished for unsporting conduct. If the match
was stopped as a result of this infringement, play shall restart with an
indirect free kick from where the infringement was committed*.
|Delaying the restart of the match
|Referees must caution players who delay the restart of play by using
the following tactics:
taking a free kick from the wrong place with the deliberate intention
of obliging the referee to order it to be retaken
kicking the ball away or picking it up and holding it after the referee
has stopped the game
deliberately provoking a confrontation by interfering with the ball
after the referee has stopped play
Players have the right to consume refreshments during an interruption
in the match, but only at the touch line. Throwing bags of water or
any other type of receptacle containing water onto the pitch is not
Even though players are allowed to express their joy when they score
a goal, the celebration should not be excessive.
In FIFA circular no. 579, FIFA gave permission to celebrate the scoring
of goals in a reasonable manner. However, the practice of rehearsed
celebrations should be discouraged if it causes time-wasting, in which
case the referees should intervene.
Players will be cautioned, if, in the opinion of the referee, they do any
of the following:
make provocative, derisory or infl ammatory gestures
leave the pitch and enter an area in which fans are congregated
in order to celebrate a goal
remove their shirt or cover their head with it
Leaving the pitch while celebrating a goal is not a punishable offence
as such, but it is essential that the players return immediately.
The aim is for referees to act preventatively and use common sense
regarding goal celebrations.