Originally Posted by vj9999
I think FIFA should employ a rule where if a player goes on the ground as if both of his legs were broken, wastes 2-3 minutes of playing time and then comes back in to play as if nothing happened an immediate yellow.
I've been telling people a similar solution for years.
Player goes down, referee comes over and give him 2 options. One chance to get up, or goes off the field for 5 minutes of clock. If player stays down, 1 medical person comes on the field with the stretcher crew, no magic sponges, etc. allowed. Medical person ok's player to be moved, player gets stretchered off, game restarts, 5 minute clock starts.
If the player is legitimately hurt, well, those aren't the guys that get sprayed and are looking to get on the field before the whistle has even blown to restart. An actually injury easily takes 5 minutes to rectify and/or decide on a sub. If the player delays getting on the stretcher, etc. then an immediate yellow card.
If you start this kind of discipline at the beginning of World Cup qualifying 2 years before the Finals, you won't have the kind of first round that happened this year with the sudden changing of emphasis on the rules.