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Board to consider red card offences for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity

The IFAB will consider a proposal that players should not be sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity if a penalty is awarded. There has been a growing chorus of opinion that the punishment is too harsh - a penalty, a red card for the defender and a subsequent suspension.

The outcome may be that the offence is downgraded to a yellow card if a penalty is awarded.

The IFAB agenda released on Friday says the FIFA submission is "to discuss sending-off offences, particularly the triple punishment (penalty kick, red card, player suspension) that results when a player denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to the opposing team".

FIFA are also raising the issue of whether players should be allowed to feint at all during the run-up to take a penalty - for some penalty-takers such as Robbie Keane it has become a trademark of their spot-kick routine.

The current law is open to interpretation with feinting being permitted unless the referee considers it "an act of unsporting behaviour".

The IFAB is made up of the four home nations, who each have one vote, and FIFA, who have four. Any rule change needs a minimum of six votes in favour.

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