Gary Lineker Proposes Sweeping Changes To Free-Kicks And Throw-Ins In Football

Gary Lineker has suggested some big changes to free-kicks and throw-ins in football.

The 58-year-old Match of the Day presenter believes that players should be able to take free-kicks immediately.

"There's a couple of little things I would like to change," he told Behind Closed Doors.

"Free-kicks -- you should be able to take them immediately -- even to yourself."

The former England international wasn't done there. In fact, he said that free-kicks and penalties should be awarded if the ball hits a player's hand, which includes if it is deliberate or not.

"If it hits your hand anywhere, give it," he said. "Either that or don't give it at all. If it hits it, there's no argument."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

When it comes to throw-ins, the former Barcelona and Leicester City star was more ruthless and believes that they should be scrapped in favour of a 'kick-in.'

"I would get rid of throw-ins and just have a kick-in," he explained. "It's called football. What's the point of throw-ins? It takes ages. Just put it down and knock it in."

The International FA Board (IFAB) has already revealed that it could change the way penalties are taken in football. It is also suggested that 'keepers could benefit from another change in the rules.

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