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FIFA Quashes SPL Video Plan

FIFA may thwart the Scottish Football Association's plan to use video evidence to retroactively issue yellow cards to players for faking injuries and diving, according to BBC Sport. Soccer's world governing body said its rules leave little room for retrospective action, "specifically to incidents which have escaped the match officials' attention," the organization said in a statement.

"According to the FIFA disciplinary code, article 79, the disciplinary decisions taken by the ref on the field of play during a match are final." The move to curb diving and faking was the first action taken by new SFA chief executive Gordon Smith. Under the mandate, referees' would watch DVDs of their games to decide if any situations warranted further action, such as cautions or suspensions. The Scottish Premier League season is already underway, although the new rule wasn't set to take effect until Jan. 1, 2008.  

"Regarding this specific initiative, only in certain circumstances, according to article 84, can a disciplinary committee apply certain measures," the statement read, adding that FIFA takes the matter of simulation "very seriously." Brown, meanwhile, believes he can convince FIFA, normally a very conservative body, to change its rules. "I am confident that they will see the benefits in supporting an initiative that aims to crack down on cheats in football and eradicate a widespread problem. I will happily explain the thinking behind it and what we hope to achieve," the SPL chief said.

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