Players who try to put pressure on referees by making a television signal to instigate a review face being booked, the International Football Association Board has confirmed.
IFAB published the law changes that will be applied from the 2018-19 season, with many of the alterations relating to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which was unanimously approved in March and will be used at the World Cup.
Law 1 (The Field of Play), Law 5 (The Referee) and Law 6 (The Other Match Officials) see the major changes to allow for the use of VAR, but Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct) now has a new clause under cautionable offences.
It sets out that any player "entering the referee review area (RRA)" or "excessively using the 'review' (TV screen) signal" must be booked, rubber-stamping a proposal from January's IFAB meeting.
VAR: Laws of the Game 2018/2019 ⚽— The IFAB (@TheIFAB) May 28, 2018
Players or substitutes who use the 'review' (TV) signal will be shown a yellow card.
Anyone entering the referee review area will be cautioned (player/substitute) or given a public warning (coach/team official).
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Also included is clarification that the point of contact for offside decisions is the first touch of the ball, rather than its release, in reference to slow-motion frame replays with VAR.
In addition, any player who enters the Video Officials Room will be sent off, though the VAR is based away from the match stadium in the majority of cases.
Other notable law changes for 2018-19 include:
- Competition rules may permit the use of an additional substitute in extra time
- Small, hand-held electronic or communication devices are permitted in the technical area for coaching, tactics or player welfare
- Biting is included as a direct free kick and sending-off offence
- Drinks breaks should not exceed one minute and must be accounted for in stoppage time