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FA change retrospective action rule

By Football News



The English Football Association have amended their ruling on taking retrospective action.

The decision was ratified on Friday by the Football Regulatory Authority and will be enforced immediately.

A statement on the FA website explaining the rule change read: "From the start of the new season, the FA will reserve the right to take retrospective action when match officials are not in a position to fully assess a 'coming together' of players."

Previously the governing body could only take action if a challenge had been missed by all match officials, or if the incident was particularly exceptional.

The rule change has been implemented after the controversy caused by Callum McManaman's dangerous tackle on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara in a Premier League fixture in March.

Wigan's McManaman escaped punishment as it was deemed that at least one official had seen the incident.

However, match referee Mark Halsey admitted at the time that he would have sent the player off for the tackle had he seen it clearly.