Michel Platini says UEFA will crack-down on players who intimidate officials

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Michel Platini was disgusted with the scenes in Chelsea’s Champions League last 16 tie and has said UEFA will start to crackdown on similar situations in the future.

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According to the Daily Mail, UEFA do not currently have rules regarding incidents of surrounding or influencing the referee but they are going to look into it. The FA already has a discipline system in place for domestic competitions.

UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto is quoted as saying, “The UEFA president has recently been more concerned about the behaviour of players on the pitch. We would like to see an environment where players would accept the decisions taken and where they would not employ the tactic of pressure and intimidation of the officials during the game.”

“There is a strong interest internally to look at specific initiatives and campaigns, and possibly regulations that would have an impact on the behaviour of players. [The current situation] is not a good example for fans, for future players or for the image of the game.”

Chelsea are no strangers to surrounding the ref – they’ve already admitted a charge of surrounding referee Jon Moss the Everton match earlier this month.

UEFA hope to have new laws in place ready for next season.


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