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Time to clarify the rules
3:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
FOLLOWING the bizarre scenes in the Yeovil-Birmingham City Capital One Cup clash, it is time for clarification on teams kicking the ball out when players are injured.
After Blues keeper Colin Doyle deliberately conceded a throw-in to allow City centre-half Dan Burn to receive treatment, Yeovil opted to play on rather than return the ball and promptly equalised to force extra-time at 2-2.
The hosts later let Lee Clark’s side run in a goal unopposed, but only after they had scored again to move 3-2 ahead.
What the Glovers did was within the rules but not the spirit of the game, where the unwritten rule seems to be that teams stop if a player is down.
That said, Blues stopping for their own player to be treated without the referee’s consent could be perceived as time-wasting.
Either way, while players take the law into their own hands, instead of waiting for the referee to stop play, such incidents will happen again.
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