The use of video replay in soccer is on the agenda at an International Soccer Federation (FIFA) meeting next month.
The preliminary talks scheduled for March 1 can start a process which could yet confirm the Union of European Soccer Associations (UEFA) president Michel Platini predictions that approving goal-line technology in 2012 would lead to using video for other decisions, including penalty kicks and off-sides.
Platini’s UEFA has sought to stall high-tech aids by promoting his idea of putting extra assistants behind each goal to advise referees on penalty-area incidents.
The International Soccer Associations Board will also look at the use of ‘sin bins’ in amateur soccer and the ‘triple punishment’ of awarding a penalty kick, showing a red card and suspending a player for some offenses.
IFAB could make a clear ruling to crack down on players revealing personal messages on their undershirts, especially during goal celebrations.
Italian Mario Balotelli famously revealed a T-shirt with “Why Always Me?’ written on it after scoring for his then-club Manchester City against crosstown rival Manchester United three years ago.
Soccer laws currently prohibit a player from revealing political slogans or advertising on an undershirt and a proposed new wording would ban any kind of personal text or image.
Meanwhile, two members of the soccer fraternity in the Greater Toronto Area passed away in the last three weeks. Former Guyana national player Gregory Thorne-Stewart (PT) died in a city hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 58.
A Greater Toronto Area resident for almost three decades, the defender represented his birth country on two occasions in 1976 and was an integral member of Pele and the Guyanese Canadian Veterans Soccer clubs.
Last week, Jamaican-born Donovan Charlton (DC) – a key administrator with Upsetters which competes in the Durham Oldtimers Soccer League – died suddenly at home. The married father of four was 57.
A celebration of his life takes place this afternoon, starting at 1 p.m.at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home chapel, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E.