Gary Lineker Proposes Sweeping Changes To Free-Kicks And Throw-Ins In Football
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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."
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.
So, @GaryLineker has said he would change the rules to allow free-kicks to yourself & swap throw ins for kick ins... :sweat_smile::joy:- Joe Thomlinson (@joethomlinson) 13 December 2018
What rules would YOU change in football?! :eyes: #SavageSocial pic.twitter.com/BFfXAdY0Rl
kick ins would result in absolute awful football with teams trying to win. "kick ins" to lump it into the box- Stey Fazackerley (@steyfazz) 13 December 2018
To promote homegrown talent, at least 5 of the 18 matchday squad have to be from the academy, possibly 1 of them having to start and another to play at least 30 minutes from the bench. Something needs to be done with the talent currently coming through- Craig Johnson (@cpj11) 13 December 2018
Agree with @GaryLineker proposals. Also no offside unless 18yds or closer to the goal. Reduce to 35mins each way, with clock stopped for kick-ins, goal kicks and free kicks etc. Ball in play for higher % of time and speed up game. https://t.co/2pvftxpM3F- Larne Coffee Club (@antrim_coaster) 13 December 2018
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