So the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is banning feints ahead of a penalty kick for the World Cup! I.e. players who fein to shoot but don’t, in order to trick the goalkeeper into committing themselves, will be forced to retake penalties.
It’s fair to say this is one of the most pointless, unnecessary rules ever introduced into football (soccer). I could do a Google News/Reader search to try and find all those news articles and blogs calling for such a change in the rules, but I won’t – because I won’t find any such articles or blogs.
On what planet does the IFAB reside? In the last few seasons, the main talking point has been the use of goalline technology and other aids to help linesmen and referees make decisions, with numerous examples of goals wrongly ruled out and non-goals awarded.
But instead, IFAB bring in a pointless rule on feinting, and rule out ever using goalline technology.