The Premier League will not implement FIFA’s new stoppage time rule when the domestic season resumes.
The amount of time added at the end of each half at the ongoing World Cup has raised a few eyebrows.
Pierluigi Collina, FIFA’s chief referee, wants to ensure that all “unnatural time” lost is added back in, which has resulted in several matches lasting longer than 100 minutes.
The PGMOL have held talks with domestic referees and have told them to instead put off restarting their watch until play has begun following a pause. Players, who have expressed fears over the increased possibility of injury due to fatigue, will welcome the decision.
Fifpro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann has said: “If effective playing time is increased by 10 to 15 per cent, this adds substantially to the time under physical competition for players. More than anything it underlines again how critical workload protection is for players. It needs to be established now.”
Reason for long stoppage time
Collina has looked to justify the unusually long amount of stoppage time by explaining the difference between time that is wasted by players – and that which goes by due to other factors. The Italian, previously renowned as one of the game’s leadings refs, also claimed people shouldn’t be surprised by the new directive.
“When we speak about wasted time in a match, we should make a difference between the time wasted because of the game, and the time wasted deliberately by players. The largest part is the time wasted because of the match,” he said.
“What we already did in Russia, you may remember, is to more accurately calculate the time compensated at the end of each half. We told everybody, don’t be surprised as you will see the fourth official raising the electronic board with a big number on it: six, seven, eight minutes.”