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Van Basten sheds light on the new "only captain can talk to the Ref rule"
Fifa is discussing whether to allow only captains to speak to referees, says former Netherlands striker and manager Marco van Basten.

It would bring football into line with rugby union, which has strict rules around in-match communication.

Van Basten, Fifa’s chief technical development officer, said there have been talks about how to improve player behaviour and respect for officials.

“There are a lot of players now who are complaining during a game,” he said.

Speaking to the BBC, the former Ajax and AC Milan forward said: “I am sure the behaviour of the players can be better – we are thinking about putting it back in the right direction.”

At the start of this season, English football announced plans to reduce “intolerable behaviour” by issuing red cards to players who confront match officials, use offensive language or make gestures towards them.

Fifa, football’s world governing body, has recently introduced trials of video referees – where the match official can watch a pitch-side replay of key incidents on a small monitor.

It was used in this month’s Club World Cup – and was commended by Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

“This is what we have to do to help the referees,” Van Basten said about the introduction of technology and the discussions around changing other rules.

“We try to make a good product – dynamic, exciting, but in the end also honest.

“There’s a lot of emotion in the game and that’s what’s good – but we have to control it also.”

Asked about comparisons with rugby, Van Basten replied: “I think we can learn from every sport and they can learn from us – but we have to confront the problem.”

In rugby, only the captain is allowed to speak directly to the referee. In return, the referee is asked to communicate directly with the captain only.

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Messi confirmed the arrival of Ciro on Instagram, publishing a photograph of the newborn holding his father’s hand and revealing that everything had gone well.

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“Welcome, Ciro!” Messi wrote. “Thanks to God, everything went perfectly. Mother and baby are doing really well. We are super happy.”

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Messi and Antonella, who got married last summer in their native Rosario, already had two sons, Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

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If Salah will complete a remarkable record of scoring against all the top six sides in the English Premier League this season.

The Egyptian is the joint top scorer in the division with 24 goals, which include strikes against Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, with the Red Devils the only side missing in the top-six list.

Sarah, 25, is willing to complete the haul in Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford.

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“I remember it [De Gea’s save]. I also missed an easy chance in that game, but he is great,” Salah told Sky Sports.

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The 26 year old Brazilian was injured during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille. Statement from the club revealed that Neymar suffered “a sprain of the right ankle and fissure of the fifth metatarsal”.

However, how long he would be out wasn’t disclosed.

Neymar joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August and has scored 29 goals in 30 games.

 

PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league and on 6 March will host Champions League holders Real Madrid, trailing 3-1 from the first leg.

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