Those who try to cheat on a penalty kick beware. FIFA, soccer’s governing body has added an amendment to Law 14 (The Penalty Kick) which will go into effect at the World Cup. Players who feint at striking the ball after finishing their run to the ball on a penalty kick will get a yellow card and the kick will have to be retaken. Goalies will certainly welcome this. All too often you see a penalty-takers suddenly stop in order to send the goalie wrong way.
Here’s the text of the law change: “Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted, however feinting to kick the ball once the player has completed his run-up is now considered an infringement of Law 14 and an act of unsporting behaviour for which the player must be cautioned.“
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