The FA issues statement on rule changes including VAR, technical area punishments and more
The Football Association has today confirmed additions, amendments and some clarifications to the rules and regulations ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The new campaign will see match officials able to issue technical area occupants yellow and red cards in the Premier League , EFL, Vanarama National League, Emirates FA Cup , Carabao Cup , EFL Trophy, Buildbase FA Trophy, plus the Women’s Super League, Championship, FA Cup and Continental League Cup.
Four yellow cards during the season triggers a one-match touchline ban, eight leads to a two-match suspension, 12 equals a three-game suspension, while 16 would bring about a misconduct charge.
Players who commit an ‘aggravated’ breach of FA Rule E3 will also be subject to a mandatory minimum suspension of at least six matches. That suspension may also be increased depending on any additional aggravating factors.
An FA statement read: “Any participant who commits an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3, which is defined in FA Rule E3 as a reference, whether express or implied, to any one or more of the following: ethnic origin; colour; race; nationality; religion or belief; gender; gender reassignment; sexual orientation or disability, and it is found proven as a first offence by a Regulatory Commission, will receive a mandatory minimum suspension of at least six matches.”
The FA has also started a consultation process with stakeholders across the game including the Leagues, the PFA, the LMA, Kick It Out with the aim of reviewing its sanctioning guidelines for proven cases of discrimination.
Furthermore, the FA has also issued a clarification on the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the Premier League and the FA Cup during the upcoming campaign.
“Video Assistant Referees [VAR] will be active in the Premier League throughout the 2019/20 season. In addition, VAR will also be utilised in the Emirates FA Cup in all matches from the Quarter Finals onward and in selected matches played at Premier League grounds in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Rounds Proper,” the FA statement added.
“While increased use of VAR may reduce the number of on-field incidents typically subjected to retrospective action, it will nevertheless remain available should The FA believe that there may be a case to answer.”