Football's Lawmakers Could Introduce New Rule To Scrap Rebounds From Penalties

Football could be set to undergo a sweeping change after the International FA Board (IFAB) are looking into the way that penalties are taken.

In fact, IFAB will be taking into consideration whether to adopt penalties that are "one shot," meaning that rebounds would be scrapped.

"If such a change was made, it would mean that the ball would be deemed 'dead' once the keeper had blocked the penalty and a goal-kick would be awarded," Jason Burt wrote for the Telegraph.

"It would be the same as in a shootout and would do away with the problem of players encroaching."

For example, it would mean that Paul Pogba's penalty against Everton last weekend would be ruled out under the new system, mainly for how he scored from the rebound.

Unsurprisingly, people were questioning his penalty technique more than anything else, with his run up apparently taking a longer time than Usain Bolt's world-record 100m sprint.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

However, Manchester United boss José Mourinho has fired out a strong warning to the Frenchman to change his technique.

"The thing I like is the desire to take it," he said (via the Telegraph). "I like the fact he wants to take the penalty, but maybe he needs to change his approach.

"Let me choose the words carefully because I don't want to be punished. I don't like Mickey Mouses, fragile, afraid to go, those who say I don't take penalties.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I like the player that says, "I want to take it." But Paul, can he improve? I think he can. The goalkeepers know his running up style, they don't move and they are waiting for his decision, so he has to learn from that.

"But, for me, the most important thing is he wants to go again.

"Maybe he has to change his approach, but I don't want him to change his mental approach. The keeper [Jordan Pickford] is also a good penalty saver, so let's give credit to him. He showed that in the World Cup."

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