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Refs to remind Captains of 'play on' policy

Posted on 15 August 2008  - 12:00

Referees will use the new pre-match Captains' briefing to reinforce that the decision whether to stop play or not for injured players rests with the match officials.

Refs to remind Captains of 'play on' policy

Referees will use the new pre-match Captains' briefing to reinforce that the decision whether or not to stop play for injured players rests with the match officials.

If the referee deems the injury to be of a serious nature and stops play the match will be re-started with a drop ball and team in possession at the time play was stopped will have the ball returned to their goalkeeper.

Keith Hackett, General Manager of the PGMO, said:

"We discussed the ‘play on' protocol with all the Premier League managers in our pre-season meetings. The feeling was that the decision on whether or not to stop play for an injured player should rest with match officials. It was felt matches are too often brought to a halt unnecessarily, which breaks the flow of the game.

"With head injuries and those that are clearly of a very serious nature the referee will take the appropriate action.

"Of course teams with a player down injured can choose to put the ball out of play, but they shouldn't expect to get the ball back.

"This protocol has now been adopted by the FA and UEFA in their competitions as well, so players and fans should get used to play being waved on by referees."