A major change in penalty rules is coming for next season, Emiliano Martinez is doomed
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Emiliano Martinez looks set to be forced into changing his approach after it emerged that penalty rules are poised to change from next season.
The International FA Board have an upcoming AGM in London in March, where they are expected to review current regulations and implement adjustments within the game.
And one of the big topics on the agenda involves penalties, specifically the gamesmanship from goalkeepers.
According to Martin Lipton from The Sun, IFAB believe goalkeepers should not be able to "unfairly distract" the penalty taker through various tactics.
And it comes as a huge blow for Aston Villa shotstopper Martinez.
Argentina's No.1 is something of a penalty specialist and has helped his country win both the Copa America and World Cup in recent years by getting inside the head of his opponents.
In the World Cup final win, he made Kingsley Coman wait an absolute age to take his penalty by talking to the referee and asking him to check the placement of the ball on the spot.
The Bayern Munich winger looked nervous and Martinez saved his effort. Then, when Real Madrid's Aurelien Tchouameni stepped up, he walked to his goal-line with the ball and threw it to the edge of the box.
The Golden Glove winner was booked for his behaviour but his mind games and persistent trash talking paid off as Tchouameni put his penalty wide of the mark.
But while Martinez mastered the dark arts, FIFA and IFAB saw it as a "step too far". His antics, along with similar approaches from Australia's Andrew Redmayne and Netherlands' Andries Noppert, will no longer be allowed as the football law-makers crack down on interfering and destabilising opposition takers.
In recent years goalkeepers were instructed to keep at least one part of one foot on the line when a penalty is taken and this tweak promises to make things a lot tougher for Martinez and co.
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