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Tough penalties for 'rowdy play'

Arin Kumar
Thursday, November 29, 2012

THE Fiji Football Association has advised players to abide by rules and regulations during the 2012/2013 soccer season.

In the 2011/2012 season, Fiji FA had to take disciplinary action against a lot of players and some of these actions are still pending.

The new season starts with the Champion versus Champion series next weekend but the main focus will be on the National Football League that starts on December 15.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar said they would not tolerate any player who breaks the rules and regulations of the sport.

"This year the disciplinary committee will come down hard on the players who break rules and regulations of the sport," he said.

"Also players who are repeat offenders will be given more severe punishment."

Kumar has asked the team management to inform their players of the rules and regulations.

"We understand the yellow and red cards cannot be avoided but to some extent, the team coaches and management should be able to mentally prepare their players so they don't get violent on the field."

He said Fiji FA was ready to help if teams or clubs needed assistance in the clarifications of rules and regulations.

"As you all know that the referee's interpretation of the laws of the game are different to what players think and that is why we are here.

"If teams or clubs or districts feel that they need something to be clarified, our referees and officials are available to talk to them on the laws of the game.

"One of the most important things about soccer is knowing the basic skills and laws and that is something that all players, coaches and officials should know and if they do not then we are always available if they need help."