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Champions League refs told to punish ‘acts of simulation’

NYON, Switzerland (AP) Champions League referees should be tougher with players who exaggerate contact looking to get an opponent shown a yellow card, UEFA said Friday.

UEFA really wants to punish attempts to dupe referees with acts of simulation or by over-reacting to light-contact fouls when European club competition groups start in a few days.

It represents unfair conduct by players against their colleagues a negative exemplory case of disrespectful behavior, UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti said in a statement.

Match officials were urged to be smart and show fingertip feeling when handling international games in Europe this year.

Its crucial for the referees in order to browse the game and understand the spirit of play in these circumstances, said Rosetti, an Italian who refereed the 2008 European Championship final and games at the planet Cup in 2006 and 2010.

UEFA also wants referees to crack down on players mobbing match officials to influence decisions and mass confrontations involving players and coaches.

We have been determined to safeguard the image of football, Rosetti said, and we consider certain forms of behavior on the field and on the benches to be unacceptable.

UEFA briefed its international match officials before a season which will include national-team games in the Nations League this month and Euro 2024 qualifying games next year.

We wish our officials to remain humble, keep their feet on the floor, work hard, be disciplined, concentrate on targets, and become strong and respectful, Rosetti said.

In Champions League games, referees will now be helped by Semi-Automated Offside Technology which judges tight calls using multiple cameras that track players limbs. The machine may also be utilized by FIFA at the planet Cup in Qatar this season.


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