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We don't tend to see a lot of quickly taken free kicks in the modern game and consequently not a lot of goals as a result, but exceptionally, there were two in the EPL at the week-end; one for Southampton and another for Wolves.

There are two reasons these quick free kicks are no longer commonplace:-

1. Over fussy refs who tell the attacking team to wait until they blow the whistle.
2. Defending players standing over the ball, or grabbing it to prevent a quick free kick.

Given that quick free kicks are allowed to give the attacking team the advantage their opponents have sought to deny it, referees should be instructed not to insist on blowing their whistle to re-start a game. If players who obstruct/delay the taking of a quick free kick automatically incurred a yellow card, that might cure that particular 'tactic' overnight.

Why should defending teams who commit tactical fouls be allowed the luxury of organising themselves with walls etc?

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2 hours ago, GG Riva said:

Why should defending teams who commit tactical fouls be allowed the luxury of organising themselves with walls etc?

Simple, they shouldnt.  And its bollocks that referees stop attacking teams from taking quick free kicks.  That said, too many teams have "specialist" free kick takers who have to compose and focus themselves with their fancy poses and elaborate striking techniques that cant be replicated if the ball is moving.  

Edited by Vinnie

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2 hours ago, GG Riva said:

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Given that quick free kicks are allowed to give the attacking team the advantage their opponents have sought to deny it, referees should be instructed not to insist on blowing their whistle to re-start a game. If players who obstruct/delay the taking of a quick free kick automatically incurred a yellow card, that might cure that particular 'tactic' overnight.

 

That already happens.

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12 minutes ago, the saline hill puma said:

That already happens.

Yep, literally been in place for years.

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It has been in place for years, but not really enforced by referees.  In fact the opposite is true - kick the ball against an opponent to highlight hes in the way, and youll get a yellow card for your troubles. 

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1 hour ago, the saline hill puma said:

That already happens.

Does it though? I can't recall a single recent incident in which the offending player has been cautioned. Not saying the occasional yellow card isn't given, but it's not automatic. 

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27 minutes ago, GG Riva said:

Does it though? I can't recall a single recent incident in which the offending player has been cautioned. Not saying the occasional yellow card isn't given, but it's not automatic. 

 

1 hour ago, Vinnie said:

It has been in place for years, but not really enforced by referees.  In fact the opposite is true - kick the ball against an opponent to highlight hes in the way, and youll get a yellow card for your troubles. 

What I said...... 

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1 hour ago, Vinnie said:

 

What I said...... 

I have to say, not once, at any level, have I ever seen a player booked for taking a free kick off an opponents legs to get them back. More often than not, the ref just pulls play back to retake it.

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No?  Again, its not something that happens much.  Its a stupid way of picking up a booking and its a long time since Ive seen anyone booked for it.  Its "ungentlemanly conduct", trying to get another player booked.  

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Youd think?

But then football and referees and their interpretations of incidents and the laws has always been imperfect

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Gordon Strachan was the best at taking quick free kicks, especially at Leeds. Led to a few goals being scored. If he was the player fouled, the ref would give it, he would stop the baw with his hand, then hey presto! tap it to a forward. Nae body does it much these days. 

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The grabbing of the ball or the little kicks they give the ball just to move it away from the attacking player to stop a player taking a quick freekick annoys me tbf. Its one of those thing though they need to stamp it out across the board.

 

Its one of those things if other teams are getting away with it then I expect my team to do it too but would rather have it eradicated.

Edited by Fifes Elite

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Referees “should” police it better but it’s tough to enforce, when do you make the stance?  The rule is ten yards but that’s impossible to enforce with a quick free kick if the attacking team wants to do it immediately.  The reason you don’t see many players doing the kick off an opponent trick is that the referee will

in many cases just ignore the first offence, consider the game restarted and then it becomes an issue for the free kick taker as possession is lost and game moves on.

 

ultimately another example of players making the rules difficult to enforce so we have this grey area

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